ABOUT THE PAPER
This paper is an extract from my book entitled: The Cruces of Post 1991
Ethiopian Politics: Revolutionary Democracy, Democratic Developmentlaism
and the Late Meles Zenawi. The book is first pulished in December 2017,
and republished in Septmeber 2018. The book gives a comprehensive
account on the rules of the game in the system of governance of
politics, economy, bureaucracy and Securityin Ethiopia since 1991.
This article \is organized into two parts. In the first
part, the underlying factors triggering for the genesis and development
of revolutionary democratic concept is discussed. The first section
further addresses competing views on the lines of revolutionary
democracy Moreover, the status of revolutionary democracy is subjected
to question, as a single party program or as a full fledge concept that
comprehensively addresses on all aspects of governance.
The second part discusses on the evolution, development and/or
consolidation of ideals of revolutionary thought in Ethiopia. In this
regard, the theory and practices of revolutionary democracy is framed.
The late Meles Zenawi having been ideologue of Ethiopian Revolutionary
Democratic Party (EPRDF), a party that has been ruling Ethiopia since
1991, the political and leadership personalities of the leader is