Prime Minister Dr Abey Ahemed Will Resign the logical and empirical fallacies are quite evident. First and foremost, the premise that technical and specialized institutions perform better when guided and coached by incompetent political loyalist is self-defeating and questionable premise that doesn’t beg any labor for empirical proof. So, the reference in the article that “empirical evidences from South Asia, Latin America and some African countries…” and the misappropriation of the notion of embeddedness and informal relationships – which actually stand for non-formalized relationships among peer organizational actors – to vindicate the appointment of inept loyalists and cadres, is at best a futile exercise that never convinces any astute reader.
Granted that by some chance non-merit based institutional working has been followed by some “miraculous economic development”, even then, this doesn’t warrant the conclusion that they are causally interlinked. The presumption of a causal relationship between two phenomena only because one preceded the other in time without any other sufficient reason commits the (after this, therefore because of this).
Certainly, asserting a causal relationship between political coaching and economic growth in a given country essentially demands a deep and exhaustive investigation of the effects of many other intervening variables or factors, inter alia, general attitude towards the political entity, integrity and wisdom of political leaders, legal framework, generalized level of trust, social cohesion and integration, organizational management and technical capacity, global political and economic circumstances.
By the same token, the supposition that what has worked in Brazil must also be true to Ethiopia commits The difference between the two countries – in terms of historical, political, economic and socio-cultural framework may be more significant than the similarities; therefore, the conclusion drawn from the one may not necessarily apply to the other.
On the other hand, given the daily grim realities evident in the provision of basic public and other services, the argument that attempts to attribute the alleged Ethiopia’s phenomenal economic growth to the ‘efficient’ working of a rather crippled governmental institutions would amount to an insult to readers’ intelligence. It suffices to have a glimpse at 2013 Failed States Index by the United States Think-thank Fund for Peace – which annually releases a report on the level of social, economic and political performances for more than 170 countries – that has placed Ethiopia as the 19th failed state within the top “Alert” category of thirty-five failed states led by Somalia