Public Administration in Ethiopia

Case Studies and Lessons for Sustainable Development

Edited by Bacha Kebede Debela, Geert Bouckaert, Meheret Ayenew Warota, and Dereje Terefe Gemechu

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First handbook on Ethiopian Public Administration
Building an effective, inclusive, and accountable public administration has become a major point of attention for policymakers and academics in Ethiopia who want to realise sustainable development. This first handbook on Ethiopian Public Administration is written by Ethiopian academics and practitioner-academics and builds on PhD studies and conference papers, including studies presented at the meetings of the Ethiopian Public Administration Association (EPAA), established in 2016.

Public Administration in Ethiopia presents a wide range of timely issues in four thematic parts: Governance, Human Resources, Performance and Quality, and Governance of Policies. Each of the individual chapters in this volume contributes in a different way to the overarching research questions: How can we describe and explain the contexts, the processes and the results of the post-1990 politico-administrative reforms in Ethiopia? And what are the implications for sustainable development?

This book is essential for students, practitioners, and theorists interested in public administration, public policy, and sustainable development. Moreover, the volume is a valuable stepping stone for PA teaching and PA research in Ethiopia.

Contributors: Adare Assefa Mitiku (Defense Construction Enterprise), Aklilu Wubet Lema (Addis Ababa University), Alebachew Asfaw Yimer (Bahir Dar University), Annie Hondeghem (KU Leuven), Bacha Kebede Debela (Ambo University), Bahiru Deti Heyi (Dilla University), Belayneh Bogale Zewdie (Kotebe Metropolitan University), Geert Bouckaert (KU Leuven), Gutata Goshu Amante (Addis Ababa University), Bruno Broucker (KU Leuven), Challa Amdissa Jiru (Addis Ababa University), Defferew Kebebe Tessema (Addis Ababa University), Denamo Addissie Nuramo (Addis Ababa University), Deribe Assefa Aga (Ethiopian Civil Service University), Dessalegn Kebede Kedida (Oromia Police College), Frehiwot Gebrehiwot Araya (Addis Ababa City Public Service and Human Resource Development Bureau), Henok Seyoum Assefa (Ethiopian Public Administration Association, EPAA), Hirko Wakgari Amanta (Oromia State University), Hiwot Amare Tadesse (Ambo University), Kassa Teshager Alemu (Ethiopian Civil Service University), Kiflie Worku Angaw (Dilla University),Moti Mosisa Gutema (Dilla University), Solomon Gebreyohans Gebru (KU Leuven), Steve Troupin (KU Leuven), Temesgen Genie Chekol (Dire Dawa Institute of Technology), Tewelde Mezgobo Ghrmay (Mekelle University), Trui Steen (KU Leuven), Meuriaw Ayalew (Assosa University / Addis Ababa University), Zekarias Minota Seiko (Ethiopian Civil Service University / Addis Ababa University)

Ebook available in Open Access.

Preface to the Handbook 
About the Authors 

I Introduction
1 Public Administration in Ethiopia : Case Studies and Lessons for Sustainable Development 
Bacha Kebede Debela, Geert Bouckaert, Meheret Ayenew Warota, and Dereje Terefe Gemechu

II Governance

II.1 Democratic Governance
2 Electoral Democracy and Citizen Life Satisfaction : The Mediating Role of Public Trust 
Deribe Assefa Aga
3 Status, Challenges, and Prospects of the Ethiopian Developmental State (Emphasis on Democratic Governance) 
Belayneh Bogale Zewdie
4 Assessment of Parliamentary Oversight Tools and Mechanisms Used by the Ethiopian House of Peoples’ Representatives (HoPRs) 
Aklilu Wubet Lema, Challa Amdissa Jiru, Defferew Kebebe Tessema, and Frehiwot Gebrehiwot Araya
5 Public Engagement for Improving the Relationship between the People and the Parliament 
Challa Amdissa JIru, Defferew Kebebe Tessema, and Aklilu Wubet Lema

II.2 Partnerships and Participation
6 Multi-Stakeholder Partnership for Health Service Delivery in the Context of Developmental State: The Ethiopian Experience
Hiwot Amare Tadesse and Trui Steen
7 The Role of Participation in Development in Enhancing Local People Empowerment: The case of Bishoftu City Administration (BCA), Oromia 
Bahiru Detti Heyi
8 Glass Ceiling and Glass Wall, and Women in Local Governments : Evidence from West Shoa Zone, Oromia National Regional State, Ethiopia 
Bacha Kebede Debela

II.3 Managing Institutions
9 Institutional Change and Reform in Oromia’s Public Sector : Challenges and Prospects
Hirko Wakgari Amanta
10 New Public Management and Path Dependence in Public Organizations in Ethiopia: A Multiple Case Study 
Tewelde Mezgobo Ghrmay
11 The Analysis of the Gadaa System in Comparison to Western Democracy 
Moti Mosisa Gutema

III People as Human Resources
12 Meritocracy, Career Development, and Promotion in Ethiopian Civil Service 
Henok Seyoum Assefa
13 Continuities and Changes in Human Resource Management in Oromia National Regional State: The Post 1991 
Bacha Kebede Debela, Geert Bouckaert, and Steve Troupin
14 Strategic Contribution of Middle Managers in the Ethiopian Civil Service Organization 
Alebachew Asfaw Yimer
15 The Ethiopian Civil Service System in Perspective : Implications for Leadership Roles 
Adare Assefa Mitiku and Annie Hondeghem

IV Performance and Quality
16 Managing Performance in Ethiopian Municipalities : Analysis of Technical Efficiency of Urban Water Services in Oromia National Regional State 
Bacha Kebede Debela, Geert Bouckaert, and Steve Troupin
17 Performance Evaluation of Governance and Political System of Ethiopia : Post 1991 
Gutata Goshu Amante
18 Key Factors Contributing to Time and Cost Overrun in Mega Sugar Construction Projects in Ethiopia 
Temesgen Genie Chekol and Denamo Addissie Nuramo
19 Determinants of Public Servants’ Performance in Federal Public Service Sectors in Ethiopia 
Kassa Teshager and Zekarias Minota

V.1 Education
20 Institutional Autonomy of Ethiopian Public Universities : An Application of the European University Autonomy Scorecard Methodology 
Solomon Gebreyohans Gebru, Annie Hondeghem, and Bruno Broucker
21 Outcomes and Challenges of the 1994 Ethiopian Education and Training Policy Reform 
Challa Amdissa Jiru
22 Catch-up Trails : Public Administration Education and Professionalization Trajectories in Ethiopia 
Kiflie Worku Angaw

V.2 Policing
23 The Implementation of Community Policing in Addis Ababa City, Ethiopia 
Wondem Meuriaw Ayalew

V.3 Data Analysis
24 The Practices and Challenges of Community Policing in Reducing Crime : The Case of Adama City Administration. 
Dessalegn Kebede Kedida

VI Conclusions and Implications
25 Conclusions and Implications 
Bacha Kebede Debela, Geert Bouckaert, Meheret Ayenew Warota, and Dereje Terefe Gemechu

Format: Edited volume - paperback

Size: 234 × 156 × 38 mm

700 pages

ISBN: 9789462702561

Publication: November 26, 2020

Languages: English

Stock item number: 138541

Bacha Kebede Debela is President of the Ethiopian Public Administration Association. He holds a PhD in social sciences from KU Leuven.
Dereje Terefe Gemechu is associate professor at Ethiopian Civil Service University. He holds a PhD in Social and Public Policy from Jyväskylä University.
Geert Bouckaert is professor at KU Leuven Public Governance Institute. He is honorary professor of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose at University College London and visiting professor at the University of Potsdam. Geert Bouckaert is professor at KU Leuven and Chair of the Committee for Contemporary Art.
Meheret Ayenew Warota holds a PhD in Public Administration and Policy from the State University of New York at Albany. He is a professor at Addis Ababa University.