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Title:State, Peasantry and Resettlement in Zimbabwe
Author:Alexander, JocelynISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:settlement schemes
agricultural policy
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Politics and Government
Ethnic and Race Relations
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03056249408704063
Abstract:The end of minority rule in Zimbabwe in 1980 seemed to herald dramatic changes in agrarian and local government policies, as well as in official attitudes towards the rural areas more generally: the newly elected ZANU(PF) government promised a dramatic decentralization and democratization of government structures and a large-scale redistribution of land. This article assesses the extent to which the promises of independence were met. It stresses the importance of the political context of debates over agrarian change - the constraints of a negotiated independence, the political clout of commercial farmers, the ruling party's own political agenda and economic interests - and focuses on change in the institutional forums in which debate took place, particularly the extent to which the inherited ideologies and practices of the State bureaucracies charged with formulating and implementing agrarian policies were transformed by decentralization and majority rule. Bibliogr., sum.