Zimbabwe and Political Transition

Sue Onslow


  • Unknown publisher
  • Unknown city
  • 2011
  • English
  • Paperback
  • 21 pages


In this research report IDEAS explores the factors which helped ZANU-PF as a former liberation movement retain power and lead to a one-party dominant state. It also explores the extent to which ZANU-PF is adapting to democratic politics and multiparty elections. Zimbabwe's ZANU-PF offers important parallels and insights into the challenges which confront former Southern African liberation movements as they move to become parties of government. These shared aspects include the importance of personality, ethnic and clan politics which helped to shape the liberation movement during the struggle for independence. There is also the important legacy of emphasis on solidarity and lack of internal discussion and debate.


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Dr Sue Onslow is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies in the School of Advanced Studies, University of London.