Rwanda and Ethiopia: Developmental Authoritarianism and the New Politics of African Strong Men

  title={Rwanda and Ethiopia: Developmental Authoritarianism and the New Politics of African Strong Men},
  author={Hilary Matfess},
  journal={African Studies Review},
  pages={181 - 204}
  • Hilary Matfess
  • Published 1 September 2015
  • Political Science
  • African Studies Review
Abstract: Current classification systems create typologies of authoritarian regimes that may overlook the importance of national policies. Rwanda and Ethiopia in particular are perplexing case studies of post-1990s governance. Both nations are characterized by high growth economies with significant state involvement and the formal institutions of democracy, but deeply troubling patterns of domestic governance. This article proposes a new category of authoritarianism called “developmental… 
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