This book, focusing on the historical continuities and discontinuities in ZANU PF and the opposition MDC, the divisions and contradictions in these parties, the politics and strategies of accumulation and control by Zimbabwe's elites as well as transformations in governance and state institutions in the post-2000 period, will profoundly change readers' understanding of post-2000 Zimbabwe and the post-colonial African state in general. The chapters are all grounded in empirical evidence that convincingly challenges many of the widely held views about the Zimbabwe crisis.
James Muzondidya, Research Manager, Zimbabwe Institute
This book is a welcome addition to a new genre of relatively more objective and less one-sided but critical analyses of the Zimbabwean state and politics. In particular, it provides a belated recognition and analysis of the transformation of socio-economic structures and state-society relations since the mid-2000s, and examines Zimbabwe's politics from a political economy perspective. It should be a welcome read for most scholars, political commentators, policy analysts and media pundits alike.
Sam Moyo, African Institute for Agrarian Studies, Harare
In this important, deeply nuanced collection, a range of scholars of Zimbabwe bring together fine-grained analyses of crisis-related transformations in state institutions, political economies and the practices of politics. The historically grounded and empirically rich contributions address in new ways familiar themes in African politics such as authority, politics, patronage, violence, legitimacy, and accumulation. This is a necessary and compelling addition to the established body of literature on Zimbabwe itself, and equally a sophisticated counter-point to the limitations of much scholarship on politics and states in Africa. Indispensable reading.
Amanda Hammar, Centre of African Studies, Copenhagen University
For those who might characterize ZANU-PF as a waning liberation war party, this collection refutes such views by examining the extensive patronage networks deployed within the fabric of the Zimbabwean state and society and the limits of political resistance against such networks. No other collection on Zimbabwe's recent past provides such in-depth evidence and interview-based research as found in this volume. Required reading for those who wish to better understand ZANU-PF's continued hold on state power and the challenges facing future opposition politics.
Timothy Scarnecchia, Kent State University