Laying the Past to Rest: The EPRDF & the Challenges of Ethiopian State Building

Laying the Past to Rest: The EPRDF & the Challenges of Ethiopian State Building

ISBN: 9781787382916

Author: Mulugeta Gebrehiwot Berhe

Format: Hardback

Price: AUD $97.95
RRP: AUD $130.00

The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), founded as a small guerrilla movement in 1974, became the leading party in the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF). After decades of civil war, the EPRDF defeated the government in 1991, and has been the dominant party in Ethiopia ever since. Its political agenda of federalism, revolutionary democracy and a developmental state has been unique and controversial. Drawing on his own experience as a senior member of the TPLF/EPRDF leadership, and his unparalleled access to internal documentation, Mulugeta Gebrehiwot Berhe identifies the organisational, political and sociocultural factors that contributed to victory in the revolutionary war, particularly the Front's capacity for intellectual leadership. Charting its challenges and limitations, he analyses how the EPRDF managed the complex transition from a liberation movement into an established government. Finally, he evaluates the fate of the organisation's revolutionary goals over its subsequent quarter-century in power, assessing the strengths and weaknesses the party has bequeathed to the country. 'Laying the Past to Rest' is a comprehensive and balanced analysis of the genesis, successes and failings of the EPRDF's state-building project in contemporary Ethiopia, from a uniquely authoritative observer.

Book Title: Laying the Past to Rest: The EPRDF & the Challenges of Ethiopian State Building
Publisher: C Hurst & Co Publishers Ltd
Title Release: January 2020
ISBN: 9781787382916
Author: Mulugeta Gebrehiwot Berhe
Format: Hardback
About the Author: Mulugeta Gebrehiwot Berhe is a senior fellow at the World Peace Foundation. A veteran of the TPLF/EPRDF-led armed struggle, he headed the EPRDF's Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration programme during its first decade in government. He was a founder and director of Addis Ababa University's Institute for Peace and Security Studies.

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