Zimbabwe's Predatory State

Party, Military and Business

By Jabusile M. Shumba

By the dawn of independence in 1980, Zimbabwe had one of the most structurally developed economies and state systems in Africa, and was classified as a middle-income country. In 1980, Zimbabwe's GDP per capita was almost equal to that of China. More than 30 years later, Zimbabwe had regressed to a low-income country with a GDP per capita among the lowest in the world. With these dark economic conditions, discussions concerning structural problems of a country once cited as Africa's best potential have been reignited. Shumba analyzes the ruling elite, modes of accumulation across key economic sectors, and implications for development outcomes. The book raises some pressing questions in search of answers. If Zimbabwe was the golden darling after independence, why did this happen? Was it inevitable? What were the crucial choices made that led to it? Did the ruling elite know that their choices would lead to Zimbabwe's developmental decline? *** "Zimbabwe's tragic story illustrates the anatomy of a predatory state; neither developmental nor failed, it survives its own contradictory impulses mainly through dominance and violence. Recommended." --Michael Bratton, University Distinguished Professor, Michigan State University *** "This book will be valuable, not just to scholars of southern Africa, but to scholars around the world who are trying to understand how predatory states persist and what might be done about it." --Peter B. Evans, Senior Fellow, Watson Institute, Brown University, and Professor Emeritus, Sociology Dept, University of California *** "[This book] prises open the 'black box' of Zimbabwe's politics to explain how the country ticks and how the regime tricks. A captivating read." --Eldred V. Masunungure, University of Zimbabwe, and Executive Director of the Mass Public Opinion Institute. Revised Dissertation. [Subject: Politics, Post-Colonial Studies, Human Rights, Governance, Policy Analysis, African Studies]

Publication Date: 3/6/2018
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781869143848