Zimbabwe in Crisis: Mugabe's Policies and Failures

The Centre for International Governance Innovation Technical Paper No. 38

40 Pages Posted: 19 Oct 2008

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Nicky Moyo

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Hany Besada

Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI)

Date Written: October 18, 2008

Abstract

Exemplifying the negative consequences of a variety of inappropriate fiscal and social policies, Zimbabwe has failed to realize its potential to become a strong, independent state, going from the admiration and envy of its neighbours to near-complete collapse and abject poverty. Economic turmoil, caused by failed land reforms and inflation, combined with increased malnutrition, and evaporating access to education, health care, and employment have only exacerbated unrest, particularly for constituencies who receive few benefits from President Robert Mugabe's regime. This paper assesses Zimbabwe's social, political and economic crisis and its impact on Zimbabweans, indicating the steps needed for national recovery and sustainable development.

Keywords: Zimbabwe, Economy, Africa, Fragile States, Mugabe

JEL Classification: O12, D60, D72, E10, E62, E63, F14, F21, F22, F23, F31, F35, F34, I12, I32

Suggested Citation

Moyo, Nicky and Besada, Hany, Zimbabwe in Crisis: Mugabe's Policies and Failures (October 18, 2008). The Centre for International Governance Innovation Technical Paper No. 38 , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1286683 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1286683

Nicky Moyo

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Hany Besada (Contact Author)

Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) ( email )

57 Erb Street West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 6C2
Canada

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