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Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development

A Tributary Model of State Formation

Ethiopia, 1600-2015

Authors: Abegaz, Berhanu

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  • Presents a concise characterization of the Afro-Asiatic model of tributary state formationFocuses on case studies that represent the three variants of the Ethiopian state since the 1600s
  • Offers theoretical implications for modern state-building and nation-building in Africa that go beyond what is typically offered by the neo-patrimonial paradigm
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A Tributary Model of State Formation: Ethiopia, 1600-2015 addresses the perplexing question of why a pedigreed Ethiopian state failed to transform itself into a nation-state. Using a comparative-institutionalist framework, this book explores why Ethiopia, an Afroasian civilizational state, has yet to build a modern political order comprising a sturdy state, the rule of law, and accountability to the ruled. The book provides a theoretical framework that contrasts the European and the Afroasian modes of state formation and explores the three major variants of the Ethiopian state since 1600 (Gondar, Shewa, and Revolutionary). It does this by employing the conceptual entry point of tributarism and teases out the implications of this perspective for refashioning the embattled postcolonial African political institutions. The primary contribution of the book is the novel framing of state formation through the lens of a landed Afroasiatic peasantry in giving rise to a fragile state whose redistributive preoccupation preempted the emergence of a productive economy to serve as a buoyant revenue base. Unlike feudal Europe, the dependence of the Afroasian state on arm’s-length overlordship rather than on tightly-managed landlordship incentivized endemic extractive contests among elites with the capacity for violence for the non-fixed tribute from independent wealth producers. Tributarism, I argue here, stymied the transition from a resilient statehood to a robust nation-statehood that befits an open-order society.

This book will be of interest to scholars in economics, political science, political economics, and African Studies.

Berhanu Abegaz is Professor of Economics, College of William & Mary (USA).

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Berhanu Abegaz holds a B.A. (Economics) from Princeton University and a Ph.D. (Economics) from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently Professor and Chair of Economics at William & Mary with teaching and research interests in development economics, institutional economics, and comparative economic systems.Dr. Abegaz's research interests and publications are wide-ranging and include structural convergence in manufacturing industries, the role of diversified business groups in emerging economies, Party-owned and Military-owned business empires, African industrialization, effectiveness of development assistance, and the history of state formation and agrarian systems in Ethiopia. He has published two books, edited two books, and several refereed journal articles.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Tributary Model of State Formation
Book Subtitle
Ethiopia, 1600-2015
Authors
Series Title
Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-75780-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-75780-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-75779-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-09326-6
Series ISSN
2198-7262
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXII, 190
Number of Illustrations
16 b/w illustrations
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