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Twenty Years of Independence in Zimbabwe

From Liberation to Authoritarianism

  • Staffan Darnolf
  • Liisa Laakso

Part of the International Political Economy Series book series (IPES)

About this book


This collection offers comprehensive insights into pivotal areas of concern regarding developments in Zimbabwe since its independence. By disclosing the intra-elite competition, assessing the performance of Zimbabwe's economy and explaining how the country's natural resources have been managed, we can better understand the ruling ZANU-PF's increasing reliance on the so-called war veterans and the land reform issue for its political survival.


authoritarianism Civil society competition development dynamics economy education independence media politics reform state voting war women

Editors and affiliations

  • Staffan Darnolf
    • 1
  • Liisa Laakso
    • 2
  1. 1.Göteborg UniversitySweden
  2. 2.Department of Political ScienceUniversity of HelsinkiFinland

About the editors

DONALD CHIMANIKIRE Chair of International Relations and Social Studies Department, Institute of Development Studies, University of Zimbabwe DANIEL COMPAGNON Professor of Political Science, Sciences Po Bordeaux, France GODFREY KANYENZE Chief Economist, Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions NORMA KRIGER Visiting Professor, Goucher College, Baltimore, USA ANDERS NARMAN Assistant Professor, Department of Human and Economic Geography, Goteborg University, Sweden BRIAN RAFTOPOULOS Associate Professor at IDS, University of Zimbabwe HELGE RØNNING Professor of Media Studies, University of Oslo, Norway MARJA SPIERENBURG Amsterdam School for Social Science Research, The Netherlands CHRISTINE SYLVESTER Professor, Institute of Social Studies, The Hague

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'... their book provides valuable insights into what has led to the country's current parlous condition today.' - Derek Ingram, The Round Table