Democratization and the Neutrality of Public Bureaucracy in Multiethnic Societies: The Case of Ethiopia

  • Haile K. Asmerom


Ethiopia (or Abyssinia as it was called in the past) was one of the leading kingdoms of the ancient world. Later, in the 19th century, under the expansionist policies of its rulers, it became an empire claiming universal domination and control of any people whom it was able to bring under its influence (Clapham 1988, p. 23). With a population of roughly 53 million, embracing about 100 ethnic groups speaking different languages and practising different religions, and despite its major socio-economic and political predicaments, it continues to be a country with a strategic geopolitical significance in the Horn of Africa.


Language Policy State Bureaucracy Public Bureaucracy ETHIOPIAN Government Government Business 
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