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Title:Reaction and Resistance to Neo-Liberalism in Zambia
Author:Larmer, MilesISNI
Periodical:Review of African Political Economy
Geographic term:Zambia
mining policy
Politics and Government
Economics and Trade
Labor and Employment
External links:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03056240500120992
Abstract:This paper explores the current Zambian discourse around neoliberal economic policies, in particular its expression in a trade union-led campaign against the privatization of the Zambian National Commercial Bank (ZNCB). It locates the origin of these protests in the impact of economic liberalization programmes implemented by the ruling Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) since 1991. The paper studies the privatization of the economically strategic copper mining industry and, taking as a case study the mining town of Luanshya, explores the linkages between a secretive and corrupt privatization process, and its human consequences for mine workers, their families and communities. It finds that the international financial institutions sought to implement privatization regardless of legal requirements, social consequences, and the future sustainability of the mining industry. It surveys the development of opposition to privatization amongst civil society organizations, particularly trade unions, and seeks to identify emerging Zambian alternatives to neoliberalism, including new models of popular control of strategic economic resources, and a renewed authoritarian nationalism that feeds on popular resentment of the effects of neoliberal policies. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]