Socialism and Development in Ethiopia

A Critical Examination of the Military Regime's Socialist Agricultural Program

By Makonen Getu

Socialism and Development in Ethiopia

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  • ISBN: 9781498238281
  • Pages: 244
  • Publication Date: 9/15/2015
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Socialism and Development in Ethiopia

A Critical Examination of the Military Regime's Socialist Agricultural Program

By Makonen Getu

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  • ISBN: 9781498238281
  • Pages: 244
  • Publication Date: 9/15/2015
  • Retail Price: $29.00
Web Price: $23.20
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Socialism and Development in Ethiopia
A Critical Examination of the Military Regime's Socialist Agricultural Program

This study identifies and analyses the methods, achievements, and constraints of the socialist agricultural policy of post-revolutionary Ethiopia. It investigates the Land Reform Legislation of 1975 and its relevance to Ethiopian conditions at that time. Applying a social interaction approach, this book examines the interrelationships of the different socio-economic actors who affected the success and shortcomings of the policy and its implementation. Through critical consideration of a historical period, this book also uncovers applicable lessons for future achievable development in Ethiopia and similar economies.

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The importance of Dr. Getu's work is in his significant exploration of socialist theory and its application to socialist agricultural development attempts. The book should serve to inform agricultural development practitioners on what happens when they fail to take farmers' practices and culture into account. Meeting the farmer where she/he was never came into the minds of those in the derg who were blinded by the philosophy of socialism. The result was failure.
Dr. Nancy Horn, Anthropology, Independent Consultant, Chicago, USA

In this study Dr Makonen Getu critically analyses the primary composition and policies of the military regime established in 1974 following the revolution that overthrew the feudalist government that was headed by Emperor Haile Selassie. Dr. Getu's research makes a commendable reading and is an invaluable contribution to the understanding of the agricultural development process that took place under the military government.
Professor Emeritus Deryke Belshaw, School of International Development, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, United Kingdom

Makonen's book is a welcome addition to the growing literature on the Ethiopian agrarian economy produced by writers of Ethiopian origin. Its depiction and analysis of how policies were concocted and forcefully applied by the state even in the face of peasant opposition and dissent as well as evidence of failure proves how the lofty ideals of socialism were doomed from the outset and became more pronounced eventually. The book will consequently serve as a guide to those who aspire to transform peasant agriculture even today and not only in Ethiopia.
Dr. Assafa Endeshaw, formerly a Law Professor in Singapore and UK, currently a Writer and Commentator in Ethiopian affairs

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Makonen Getu

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Makonen Getu holds a PhD in Economic History with a concentration in Development Studies from the University of Stockholm. He has over 30 years of development experience working for UNDP, SIDA, World Vision International, Opportunity International, and Wholistic Transformation Resource Center. He is currently Vice President of Program Assessment and Chief Transformation Officer of Edify, a not-for-profit Christian organization, which is providing financial and technical assistance to Low-Fee Independent Schools in developing countries.

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