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AFRICA'S PEACE FIASCO: From 1960 to 1995
A. M. KAMBUDZI
1998, 77pp., 0-908307-65-9
The book attempts to explore and expose the causal factors and conditions of political civil strife and war in Africa since the 1960s. It also suggests possible solutions to avert civil wars on the continent. Students and scholars in War and Strategic Studies, History and International Relations will find this book useful.

BEHIND THE SMOKESCREEN: The Politics of Zimbabwe's 1995 General Elections
JOHN MW. MAKUMBE AND DANIEL COMPAGNON
2000, 348pp., 0-908307-83-7
This book presents an empirical study of elections with a careful examination of the democratic process thorugh the study of Zimbabwe's 1995 general elections.

The book takes the reader through an analysis of the constitutional and legal framework regarding elections, the preparatory steps for the elections, the ZANU (PF primary elections, the elections campaign, media coverage of the elections and he electoral operations, including comments on the elections results.

Lastly the book presents the events that followed the 1995 parliamentary elections up to the presidential elect ions of 1996. This book is a must for all Zimbabweans and anyone interested in Zimbabwe's electoral process.

PARTICIPATORY DEVELOPMENT: The Case of Zimbabwe
JOHN MW. MAKUMBE
1996, 142pp., 0-908307-50-0
This book is an analysis of participatory development projects in Zimbabwe. The new ideas include an analysis of post-independence development and local government structures and institutions from a development perspective. The material challenges the claim that grassroots structures in Zimbabwe are effectively benefiting the people. It also suggests a revision of existing development conditions.

The intended readership includes students of development studies, academics, policy-makers and practising development managers and project officers in non-governmental organisations.

STATE POLITICS IN ZIMBABWE
JEFFREY HERBST
1990, 283pp., 0-908307-11-X
Co-published with the University of California Press. This edition is available only in Southern Africa.

In this, the first comprehensive account of post-Independence politics in Zimbabwe, Jeffrey Herbst poses a series of questions which focus on state institutions and yield testable propositions about state autonomy and allocation processes.

These questions are addressed through case studies which focus on the redistribution of land, policies on agricultural producer prices, foreign investment, the marketing of minerals, allocation of health-care resources, and the setting of minimum wage levels.

The case studies provide material for broader analyses of the politics of racial accommodation, the interplay of ideology and pragmatism, the role of the ruling party, and the leadership of Robert Mugabe.

VOTING FOR DEMOCRACY: A Study of Electoral Politics in Zimbabwe
JONATHAN N. MOYO
1992, 244 pp., 0-908307-25-X
The author argues that the determination as to whether a country is democratic or not is ultimately settled by that country's electoral system. Using Zimbabwe's 1990 general and presidential elections as a case study, Professor Moyo analyses not only the institutional context of the electoral process but also the attitudes and profiles of the voters. He concludes that Zimbabwe's 1990 elections were, objectively speaking, neither free nor fair.

The 1990 elections were particularly important in that they were contested, in the main, between the ruling ZANU(PF) party, whose constitution sought the int reduction of a one-party state, and the Zimbabwe Unity Movement (ZUM), which was formed specifically to oppose one-party rule. Hence the elections became a matter of "voting for democracy". Within that context, this analysis is a significant contribution to the study of politics in post-colonial Africa.

ZIMBABWE'S INTERNATIONAL BORDERS: A Study of National and Regional Development in Southern Africa
S. NKIWANE (ed.)
1997, 107pp., 0-908307-53-5
This book analyses the role of borders as they relate to Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa with reference to socio-economic, political, strategic and security dimensions. The book highlights the need and importance of cooperation among the neighbouring states for national and regional development. The intended readership includes high school and university students, policy makers in government and lecturers.

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