A Decade of Zimbabwe

Politics, Economy and Society 2008-2017

This ten-year review covers a difficult but exciting period in Zimbabwe. It starts when the so-called ‘Zimbabwe Crisis’ was full-blown, and the country was experiencing political, economic and social turmoil, characterized by hyperinflation, de-industrialization, polarization and persistent repression. The review captures the fast-moving events in the three major institutions in Zimbabwe: the state, the ruling party and the main opposition. It also captures the goings-on in national governance, from ruling party dominance, to a Government of National Unity in 2008 and back to ruling party dominance in contested elections in 2013. In this period, the country saw a change from the Mugabe years to his ouster in a so-called ‘soft-coup’ and a change in leadership in 2017.

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Biographical Note

Amin Y. Kamete is Senior Lecturer in Spatial Planning in the Department of Urban Studies, School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow. Kamete’s research interests are planning theory and practice with special emphasis on governmentality, cities, space and power in the context of development planning and development management practice vis-à-vis informality, marginality, resistance, (in)security and sustainability in sub-Saharan Africa. His recent publications focus on planning, urban politics, informality, livelihoods, power, spatialised resistance, and urban governance in the contested urban spaces of Zimbabwe.

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Zimbabwe in 2008
Zimbabwe in 2009
Zimbabwe in 2010
Zimbabwe in 2011
Zimbabwe in 2012
Zimbabwe in 2013
Zimbabwe in 2014
Zimbabwe in 2015
Zimbabwe in 2016
Zimbabwe in 2017


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