The political economy of transition, 1980-1986

Ibbo Mandaza


  • Codesria
  • Dakar
  • 1986
  • English
  • Hardcover
  • 448 pages

The book is out of print.


In this fine collection of articles by young, established Zimbabwean scholars, diverse information portrays current conditions in Zimbabwe within a political economy framework. The thirteen chapters survey critical aspects of Zimbabwe's history including achievements and problems in the few years since independence. Ibbo Mandaza's long introductory essay establishes the political history and context for the contradictions that are illustrated in the subsequent essays, setting the tone for the critique of imperialist hegemony.


The Political Economy of Transition is by and large a realistic and scientific book to be sure, but the best works in it are informed by Marxist 'science' and as such are normative - and all the better for it. - David Moore, Journal of Southern African Studies


Ibbo Mandaza is a politician, academic and businessman who is also the director of a local think-tank Sapes Trust.