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Disrupting democracy? Altering landscapes of local government in post-2000 Zimbabwe

Hammar, Amanda (2005) Disrupting democracy? Altering landscapes of local government in post-2000 Zimbabwe. Crisis States Research Centre discussion papers, 9. Crisis States Research Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the changing landscape of rural local government since the start of Zimbabwe’s current political and economic crisis in 2000. The paper questions the liberaldemocratic assumption that casts the period ‘before the crisis’ as some kind of mythical Eden of normal government and well-functioning democracy. At the same time, it recognises that the scale, terms and intensity of the post-2000 disruptions denote a dramatic era of altering politics and practices of government that require close attention. It further argues that local government is not just a front for national processes of state making and rule. Rather, it has its own localised sets of conditions and dynamics which, when articulating with national projects of power, production and accumulation, necessarily produce diverse, unpredictable and often unstable results.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://www.crisisstates.com/Publications/publicati...
Additional Information: © 2005 Amanda Hammar
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JS Local government Municipal government
Sets: Departments > International Development
Research centres and groups > Crisis States Research Centre
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: 9
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2010 15:52
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/28342/

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