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Securitisation of development in Ethiopia: the discourse and politics of developmentalism

Securitisation of development in Ethiopia: the discourse and politics of developmentalism This paper examines the developmental discourse of the Ethiopian government since 2001. This discourse frames poverty as an existential threat to Ethiopia, and it securitises development. The securitisation of a public issue gives credence to the immediate need for wider state powers and the aggressive mobilisation of (natural, financial and human) resources – at times by ignoring agreed-upon conventions – to combat a perceived existential threat. Thus, the argument is that the securitisation of development is rationalising the drive to aggressively extract and mobilise resources as well as increasing the power and stature of the ruling coalition. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Review of African Political Economy Taylor & Francis

Securitisation of development in Ethiopia: the discourse and politics of developmentalism

Review of African Political Economy , Volume 41 (sup1): 11 – Oct 3, 2014
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Taylor & Francis
Copyright
© 2015 ROAPE Publications Ltd
ISSN
1740-1720
eISSN
0305-6244
DOI
10.1080/03056244.2014.976191
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Abstract

This paper examines the developmental discourse of the Ethiopian government since 2001. This discourse frames poverty as an existential threat to Ethiopia, and it securitises development. The securitisation of a public issue gives credence to the immediate need for wider state powers and the aggressive mobilisation of (natural, financial and human) resources – at times by ignoring agreed-upon conventions – to combat a perceived existential threat. Thus, the argument is that the securitisation of development is rationalising the drive to aggressively extract and mobilise resources as well as increasing the power and stature of the ruling coalition.

Journal

Review of African Political EconomyTaylor & Francis

Published: Oct 3, 2014

Keywords: existential threat; ‘land grabbing’; EPRDF; securitisation; developmental state; Ethiopia; menace existentielle; accaparement des terres; sécuritisation; état développementiste; Éthiopie

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