Ethiopia: The Challenge of Democracy from Below


Democracy is a concept reflecting European philosophies, struggles and concerns. Many Ethiopian ethnic groups have traditions which may offer more satisfactory and culturally acceptable foundations for a Ssovereignty of the people through time-honored ways of voicing political ideas, ironic observations and vital interests. In line with modern urban life Ethiopians also organize and express their interests in non-governmental organizations, the independent press and advocacy groups representing political and social alternatives. The contributors to this book analyze the democratic potential of these movements and practices, their ability to give a voice to the view from below and their potential contribution to a more genuine participation by the majority of Ethiopians in democratic decision making and bringing the sovereignty of the people a step closer to reality.

Additional information

Includes content by:
  • Bahru Zewde
  • Øyvind Aadland
  • Yacob Arsano
  • Harald Aspen
  • Svein Ege
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Uppsala
Publication year:
  • 2002


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