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Title:Zimbabwe: the political economy of decline
Authors:Dansereau, SuzanneISNI
Zamponi, MarioISNI
Series:Discussion paper
City of publisher:Uppsala
Publisher:Nordiska Afrikainstitutet
Geographic term:Zimbabwe
Subjects:political stability
economic recession
economic policy
External link:http://nai.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2:240347
Abstract:The two papers in this volume were earlier presented at the conference 'Looking to the future: social, political and cultural space in Zimbabwe', which was held in Uppsala from 24-26 May 2004. In her paper 'Between a rock and a hard place: Zimbabwe's development impasse', Suzanne Dansereau demonstrates the failure of both the inward-oriented development strategy of the 1980s and the export-driven model of the 1990s. She examines proposals put forward by ZANU-PF, the opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), and the Bretton Woods institutions in the light of these failed development strategies, revealing their lack of alternatives. In 'From social justice, to neoliberalism, to authoritarian nationalism: where is the Zimbabwean State going? ', Mario Zamponi looks at the crisis in Zimbabwe from the perspective of the internal struggle over democratization and the breakdown of political consensus. He distinguishes three stages: the developmental State and social justice in the 1980s; economic structural adjustment and neoliberal policies in the 1990s; and the battle for internal and regional legitimization since the collapse of the economy in 1997. [ASC Leiden abstract]