Public Policy-Making in Contemporary Ethiopia

  • M Abebe
  • F Cloete


This article draws attention to the perennial problems and salient features of public policy-making in contemporary Ethiopia, namely, the imbalance between policy-making institutions and policy benefi ciaries, and how these have infl uenced policy formulation and implementation from 1991 to 2004. Drawing from interviews and questionnaire responses, data and/or information generated through a range of sources, it argues that policy elites in Ethiopia played a somewhat exclusive role in identifying policy issues for agenda setting, defi ning policy changes and managing their implementation as well as pursuits. Particularly, the article examines the emergence and ascendance of the governing party and top echelon of the executive, and the disproportionate infl uence they have held on government, non-governmental institutions and overall public policy-making.

African Insight Vol. 36 (3&4) 2006: pp. 141-159

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