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Title:Clientelism and Ethiopia's Post-1991 Decentralisation
Author:Chanie, PaulosISNI
Year:2007
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Volume:45
Issue:3
Period:September
Pages:355-384
Language:English
Geographic term:Ethiopia
Subjects:decentralization
political parties
patronage
public finance
revenue allocation
1990-1999
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/4501295
Abstract:This article addresses the question of why Ethiopia's post-1991 decentralization reform is not taking the desired direction of matching diverse needs with available resources and creating accountable, responsive and autonomous regional governments. Given regional governments' relatively diverse socioeconomic positions, the intention of the reform to create autonomous regions with devolved administrative, fiscal and political power is appropriate. Nonetheless, the implementation of the elements of the reform - expenditure assignment, revenue assignment, intergovernmental fiscal transfer and sub-national borrowing - is flawed. Existing studies that question the effectiveness of Ethiopia's devolution focus on political or fiscal aspects, and fail to link the de facto centre-region political power relationship with intergovernmental fiscal relations. This article, based on detailed field research in three regional governments, argues that the flawed intergovernmental fiscal relations reform is best explained by the clientelistic relationship between central and regional political parties. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]
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