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SOAS academic publishes new volume on the Ethiopian economy

19 February 2019

Christopher Cramer, Professor of the Political Economy of Development, has co-edited a new volume, The Oxford Handbook of the Ethiopian Economy, which presents a current and accessible analysis of the past, present and future of the Ethiopian economy. This is the first single country Oxford handbook published for an African country.

(Image right: Baroness Amos presents book to UN Secretary General)

Edited by Professor Cramer, Professor Fantu Cheru, and Dr Arkebe Oqubay, The Oxford Handbook of the Ethiopian Economy studies the country's unique model of development, where the state plays a central role, and where an industrialization drive has challenged the long-held erroneous assumption that industrial policy can never work in poor African countries.

The book is a major reference work drawing on some 70 scholars to produce a detailed picture, in 50 chapters, of the modern economic history of Ethiopia - looking at its structure, at its main sectors, and at key policy shifts especially since 1991. SOAS scholars and alumni have contributed to 10 of the chapters in the collection.

While much of the volume is focused on post-1991 economic development policy and strategy, the analysis is set against the background of the long history of Ethiopia, and more specifically of the Imperial period that ended in 1974, the socialist development experiment of the Derg regime between 1974 and 1991, and the policies and strategies of the current EPRDF government that assumed power in 1991.

SOAS Director Baroness Valerie Amos CH attended a series of launch events for the volume in Ethiopia this month.

To find out more about the book visit the publisher’s page.