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The Primacy of Regime Survival

State Fragility and Economic Destruction in Zimbabwe

Authors: Simpson, Mark, Hawkins, Tony

  • Situates the Zimbabwe experience within the context of wider debates, and the international community’s response
  • Examines in an integrated manner the macro-economic and sectoral/thematic economic determinants of the country’s regression, the complex manipulation of various components of the national economy in ways which perpetuated ZANU-PF rule, and the relationship between extractive economic and political institutions
  • Brings the story up to date, analysing how the regime has successfully reinstated its control over the country’s extractive political and economic institutions, and reversed progress made under the power-sharing agreement of 2009-2013 
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This book analyses the past and ongoing decline of Zimbabwe under the rule of ZANU-PF, with a primary focus on the period 1997 to the present. In contrast to much existing literature on post-independence Zimbabwe which has focused on the political dimensions of Zimbabwe’s fragility, this research highlights the economic aspects of Zimbabwe’s regression flowing from prolonged mismanagement of the economy which has served to consolidate the rule of the country’s political and economic elite. The Zimbabwean experience offers unique insights into the economic mensions of regime preservation. This book situates the Zimbabwe experience within the context of wider debates within the field of development studies, and the international community’s response to such situations.

About the authors

Mark Simpson is Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study of the University of London, UK. He previously served in UN peacekeeping missions in Angola and East Timor and worked for UNDP in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Tony Hawkins is former Professor of Economics at the Graduate School of Business, University of Zimbabwe. He is a consultant for an international bank, and one of the two lead authors of the SADC Industrialization Strategy (2015). He served on the Board of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and the Monetary Policy Committee (2010–2014).

Reviews

“The destruction of Zimbabwe’s economy and institutions over the last four decades has been nothing short of spectacular. This carefully researched book shows that the cause of this carnage is the attempts of Robert Mugabe’s regime to survive by polarizing society, rewarding the regime’s cronies and weakening the economy. A must-read for anybody interested in learning from Zimbabwe’s mistakes so that we can better defend against other autocrats doing the same.” (Daron Acemoglu, Elizabeth and James Killian, Professor of Economics at MIT, and co-author of Why Nations Fail - The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty)

“If you want an authoritative, dispassionate and forensic analysis of Zimbabwe’s catastrophic economic decline, set in political context, go straight for this definitive work by Hawkins and Simpson. Their exposure of the way the country’s ruling Zanu-PF party turned a oncethriving economy into a milch cow for an elite, whilst systematically subjugating dissent and enforcing an increasingly despotic regime, makes for an engrossing read. The authors pose some awkward questions about the performance of the IMF and the World Bank: should they have done more to expose Mugabe’s venal regime? And above all, are they in danger of making the same mistake when dealing with the new regime of President Emmerson Mnangagwa?” (Michael Holman, former Africa editor of the Financial Times)

“The book describes the economic and political history of post-independence Zimbabwe. It focusses on the causes of the country’s economic collapse, and details the policies and processes that drove it. It is the only volume I’ve seen of its kind that covers the entire post-independence period. The referencing is outstanding and it shows genuine scholarship. Its primary strength is readability. It is a book that an interested layman would find fascinating and I’d see the international diplomatic and economic community being genuinely interested. It is also well referenced, bringing in both general theory and local documents. Both authors have impeccable credentials.” (Tony Leiman, former Director of the Environmental-Economics Policy Research Unit)

 “When it comes to understanding the huge challenge of doing business and trying to make sustainable economic policy in Zimbabwe and across the continent, no one knows more about the history, theory and harsh realities than Tony Hawkins. At a time of momentous change in Harare and across Southern Africa, this timely study with coauthor Mark Simpson is a must read for anyone who wants to know if economic prospects are set to take a turn for the better. And I’m pretty sure I know what the Hawkins view will be - ‘Don’t hold your breath!’” (Ed Balls, Former Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer (2011–2015) and Economic Secretary (HM Treasury, 2006–2007))


Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Simpson, Mark (et al.)

    Pages 1-17

  • The Economics of State Fragility

    Simpson, Mark (et al.)

    Pages 19-43

  • Zimbabwe’s First Decade: Building the One-Party State and Controlling the Economy

    Simpson, Mark (et al.)

    Pages 45-60

  • Regime Interests and the Failure of Economic Reform in the 1990s

    Simpson, Mark (et al.)

    Pages 61-86

  • Regime Survival and the Fast Track Land Reform Programme

    Simpson, Mark (et al.)

    Pages 87-119

Buy this book

eBook $39.99
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-72520-8
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $49.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-72519-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Primacy of Regime Survival
Book Subtitle
State Fragility and Economic Destruction in Zimbabwe
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-72520-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-72520-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-72519-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXII, 391
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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