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Power reactions as reflected in Disputes and their resources


This paper considers how disputes and the ways they are resolved provide evidence on power relations within four rural and two urban communities where the Wellbeing in Developing Countries project is carrying out in-depth research, in two urban sites in Addis Ababa (Kolfe area) and Shashemene (Kebele 08/09), and in four rural sites, two in Amhara Region (Dinki in Tegulet wereda, northern Shewa Zone, and Yetmen in Enemay wereda, East Gojjam Zone) and two in Oromia Region (Korodegaga in Dodota-Sire wereda, Arsi Zone and Turufe Kecheme, in Shashemene wereda, Eastern Shewa Zone).
The paper explores how various types of disputes can be classified into different levels, within and between households and within and between communities and throws light on crucial statuses, divides and key issues. The paper is based on interviews with representatives of both formal and customary dispute settlement institutions, classification of disputes that were noted by researchers working in the sites, and follow up cases of several disputes from the perspective of litigants from both sides and mediators or neutral persons. The paper comprises four sections. The first considers customary dispute settlement within the Ethiopian context and characterises its strengths and weaknesses in comparison with the formal system, and outlines research on the subject in the Ethiopian context. The second part reviews the judicial process as seen from the perspectives of both formal and customary institutions and considers the relations between the two. The third part attempts to provide a classification of levels and types of disputes that are important in the communities studied. The concluding part discusses key issues relating to power relations at different levels and in different types that emerge from the case material.

Corporate Author: 
Getnet Alemu & []. & Ethiopian Economic Association/Ethiopian Economic Policy Research Institute
Ethiopian Economic Association (EEA)
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Institution - judicial process

Secondary Descriptor: 

Formal system

Geographic Descriptors: 
Devloping contries - Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, Shashemene
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330.963 PRO 2006
Serial Key Title: 
Proceedings of the Third International Conference on the Ethiopian Economy
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Publication date: 
2013-05-27 23:06:00
Forum or Discussion date: 
2013-02-27 15:02:03
Place of publication: 
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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