Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the Power Politics of Bourgeois Democracy

Authors

  • Patrick Bond

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.14452/MR-054-01-2002-05_3

Keywords:

History, Movements

Abstract

Since February 2000, when President Robert Mugabe suffered his first-ever national electoral defeat—over a proposed new constitution—Zimbabwe has witnessed confusing debilitating political turmoil. A decade of economic decline, characteristic of the imposition of structural adjustment across Africa, preceded the rise of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Standards of living had crashed during the 1990s, the state withdrew—or priced at prohibitive levels—many social services, and the economy deindustrialized. State and private sector corruption were rife.

Published

2002-05-03

Issue

Section

Articles