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The last chapter concluded with the generalized expectation that the fall of the Derg would set in motion some form of democratization dismantling the wide-ranging restrictions of the existing socialist system, even if there was uncertainty about the real political program of the victorious Tigrean insurgents. Despite promises of democratization, it did not take long for people to realize that Ethiopia was heading for yet another version of hegemonic rule, this one replacing the class ideology of the previous regime with ethnonationalism. As though a curse were on it, Ethiopia’s modernization will once more stumble over an ideology and a political system framed for the implementation of a different brand of exclusionary politics.
Africana Studies | Philosophy
Kebede, Messay, "Chapter IX — Derailed Modernization: The Ethnonationalist Phase" (2023). Ethiopian Modernization: Opportunities and Derailments. 10.