Local democracy and human security in Ethiopia: structural reasons for the failure of democratisation

"This report builds on the evidence and findings of our book and provides several examples of how elections were manipulated at a local level. It concludes that these examples are not insulated events. They are part of a political structure that allows Ethiopia to maintain the image of a democratic state with regular multi-party elections, while ensuring that in practice no opposition groups are able to organise into efficient political parties, or to win an election."