Anti-developmental patrimonialism in Zimbabwe

Working and discussion papers
November 2011
Martin Dawson and Tim Kelsall

The business and politics stream of the Africa Power and Politics Programme (APPP) aimed to distinguish among more and less developmental forms of African neo-patrimonial politics. This Zimbabwe country analysis, later published in shortened form in the Journal of Contemporary African Studies, finds a pattern of centralised, short-term rent utilisation, with disastrous results, suggesting that centralisation of rent-management by itself does not indicate a ‘developmental patrimonialism’.