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Land reform and development strategy in Zimbabwe: state autonomy, class and agrarian lobby

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Author(s): S. Moyo | T. Skalness

Journal: Afrika Focus
ISSN 0772-084X

Volume: 6;
Issue: 3-4;
Start page: 201;
Date: 1990;
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Keywords: Land Redistribution | Zimbabwe | Land Reform | Development Strategy

ABSTRACT
This paper has attempted to analyse the reasons why land redistribution in Zimbabwe has been rather slower in the now ten years since the country gained independence in 1980 than one was led to believe it would be from early policy statements. Two major perspectives on this issue can be abstracted from the current literature. One perspective emphasises autonomous state non-action being a result of the great economic costs involved in the land reform exercise. The other perspective denies the economic 'irrationality' of land redistribution and seeks to locate the slowness of change in a balance of external and internal class forces that is unconductive to structural change.
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