The Primacy of Regime Survival

State Fragility and Economic Destruction in Zimbabwe

  • Mark Simpson
  • Tony Hawkins

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Mark Simpson, Tony Hawkins
    Pages 1-17
  3. Mark Simpson, Tony Hawkins
    Pages 19-43
  4. Mark Simpson, Tony Hawkins
    Pages 87-119
  5. Mark Simpson, Tony Hawkins
    Pages 121-138
  6. Mark Simpson, Tony Hawkins
    Pages 165-193
  7. Mark Simpson, Tony Hawkins
    Pages 195-225
  8. Mark Simpson, Tony Hawkins
    Pages 227-246
  9. Mark Simpson, Tony Hawkins
    Pages 307-334
  10. Mark Simpson, Tony Hawkins
    Pages 335-379
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 381-391

About this book


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.


Fragile States Zimbabwe economics African development Liberation movements Single-party states Economic regression Political repression

Authors and affiliations

  • Mark Simpson
    • 1
  • Tony Hawkins
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of ZimbabweHarareZimbabwe

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-72519-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-72520-8
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