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Challenges to Urban Democratic Governance in Zimbabwe

Author : Jephias Mapuva
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Challenges to Urban Democratic Governance in Zimbabwe is a result of a study on urban governance in Zimbabwe focusing particularly on local councils and how special interest councillors are appointed by the Minister responsible for local government. The book establishes the extent to which the practice of appointing special interest councillors in terms of section 4 A of the Zimbabwe Urban Councils’ Act (2008) promotes, or hinders, democratic urban governance. The text investigates various different legislative instruments in order to present a normative framework on the best practices in democratic urban governance. A cross section of 20 urban councils was studied to establish a suitable level of accountability and consistency, as well as to provide an understanding of transparency in the appointment of special interest councillors. Among the findings of this book, it is noted that there is a high level of partisanship in the appointment of special interest councillors, especially of those who have lost in the local government elections but belong to the same political party as the Minister of Local Government, who, in this case, is empowered by law to make such appointments.

Land and Democracy in Zimbabwe

Author : Sam Moyo
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Blocking Property of Persons Undermining Democratic Processes Or Institutions in Zimbabwe

Author : United States. President (2001-2009 : Bush)
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Democratic Zimbabwe

Author : Mason Lewis
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Democratic Zimbabwe. Style of Democracy. Many countries in sub-Saharan Africa have adopted constitutions which legislate different forms of decentralization for their governance structures and systems. This currency and desirability for decentralization is built on a consensus of African governments, international development agencies and civil society organizations that see it as a democratic system of government which advances citizen participation in human development. This consensus further sees decentralization as a key for local democratization in Africa since it brings a locally responsive government closer to the people and makes government more accountable to local people. Although there are four main forms of decentralization, namely, administrative, political, fiscal and market, many African governments have chosen to implement political decentralization (devolution) and administrative decentralization (deconcentration) with those running devolved systems of government being seen and acclaimed as more democratic

State Building and Democracy in Southern Africa

Author : Pierre Du Toit
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Traditional democratic institutions have not easily taken root in African soil. Too often, attempts at cultivating democratic norms have foundered, leaving anarchy or authoritarianism. What, then, are the chances that South Africa's transition from apartheid to democracy will endure? With this question in mind, South African political scientist Pierre du Toit probes the conditions under which democracy can grow. He examines three southern African states that, despite similarities, have very different track records: Botswana, perhaps the most successful democracy in continental Africa; Zimbabwe, where a partial democracy is faltering; and South Africa, just beginning it's bold experiment. Weighing the impact of each country's heritage, ethnic composition, and economic circumstances, du Toit demonstrates that democratic outcomes depend on the nature and strength of the state. Democratic practices are embedded in a broader network of state and societal instiutions; only if these institutions are robust and resilient can democracy flourish.

Zimbabwe Installing a True Democratic State

Author : Terence Simbi
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Zimbabwe - Installing a True Democratic State' my second book is hardly different from the first book 'The Next Zimbabwe' in terms of structure and objectives. All these books are brought to life through the compilation of previously published articles in newspapers and political blog sites. The objectives of these books are centered on creating an open, honest and just political culture aimed at uniting the nation towards greater economic success and political stability.'Zimbabwe - Installing a True Democratic State' looks at areas of realignment of Zimbabwe's constitutional, governance, political order and culture in the midst of deep political divisions, tensions and undemocratic practices. In the book the writer tackles conspiracies and age-old issues of political battles from what is meant by democracy, the United States of America sanctions bills against Zimbabwe, the land question and the Gukurahundi massacre. The book explains misconceptions and proffers remedial actions to all these challenges.These issues are analyzed from the perspective of an independent, none partisan young Zimbabwean born after the liberation struggle against white domination

Democratic Electioneering in Southern Africa

Author : Staffan Darnolf
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Zimbabwe in Transition

Author : Timothy Murithi
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In association with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, Sida, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Embassy of Denmark and the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Journalism Democracy and Human Rights in Zimbabwe

Author : Bruce Mutsvairo
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Journalism, Democracy, and Human Rights in Zimbabwe provides an empirical analysis of Zimbabwe’s ongoing state of affairs. Bruce Mutsvairo and Cleophas T. Muneri examine the intersection between journalism, democracy, and human rights to historicize and critique past successes and failures that have played out in Zimbabwe’s past, as well as interrogate future challenges that await the nation’s quest for democratization. The authors examine what role citizen journalists, human rights activists, professional journalists, and social media dissents could potentially play toward ending the country’s current adversity. Scholars of journalism, media studies, communication, African studies, and political science will find this book particularly useful.

Mugabe and the Politics of Security in Zimbabwe

Author : Abiodun Alao
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In 1980, the newly independent and democratic Zimbabwe was a beacon of hope in a troubled region. Three decades later, Zimbabwe became the focus of international attention for very different reasons: acrimonious racial relations, controversial elections, economic hardship, and military intervention in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Mugabe and the Politics of Security in Zimbabwe argues that this unfortunate transition is intrinsically linked to the ways in which President Robert Mugabe used the politics of domestic and external security for his own gain. Abiodun Alao presents a comprehensive study of defense institutions, domestic security policy, and external use of military force during Mugabe's decades of rule. He identifies the role of personality in security and explains how the machinations of a self-perpetuating ruler shaped the economic and political dynamics of the struggling nation. He also provides analytical perspectives on Mugabe's transformations from a freedom fighter to a stable president of a relatively economically strong, independent country, and finally to an imprudent autocrat and international pariah. Nuanced, impassioned, and timely, Mugabe and the Politics of Security in Zimbabwe sheds new light on the effects of national security policy and develops a clear picture of the country's past, present, and future.

Movement for Democratic Change

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Official web site of Movement for Democratic Change, a Zimbabwean political party headquartered in Harare. Provides access to news, articles, full text of transcripts of speeches delivered by Members of Parliament of the party in the Zimbabwean Parliament and describes election results of the most recent elections held in Zimbabwe.

The Manifesto

Author : Zimbabwe Unity Movement
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The Historical Dimensions of Democracy and Human Rights in Zimbabwe Nationalism democracy and human rights

Author : Ngwabi Bhebe
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Zimbabwean human rights historiography often assumes that pre- colonial African politics were democratic; whilst colonialism implies a total denial of human rights. It further assumes that Zimbabwean nationalism was in essence a human rights movement; and that the liberation struggle, which led to the overthrow of colonial oppression, reinstated both human rights and democracy. This, the second volume on the historical dimensions of human rights in Africa, reconsiders questions of nationalism, democracy and human rights. It asks why the first 'democratic revolution' was frustrated in Africa, despite the democratic dimensions of the early nationalist movements. It considers possible causes of the resulting post-independence authoritarianism in Zimbabwe as centralism, top-down modernisation, or 'development'; and it reviews the outcomes of a commandist state. Common themes running through the book are the ambiguities and antitheses which concepts of nationalism and democracy imply; and the delicate, but necessary balancing which discourse on majoritarian democracy and human rights is bound to produce. This in-depth historical analysis by some of Zimbabwe's leading intellectuals and academics sheds essential light on some of the conflicts, traumas and human rights dilemmas that the country is experiencing at present.

Democratic Governance in Zimbabwe

Author : Commonwealth Foundation
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Democracy and Good Governance in Zimbabwe

Author : Tendai Chikuku
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Blocked Democracies in Africa

Author : Stefan Mair
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Voting for Democracy

Author : Jonathan N. Moyo
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Examining Prospects for Democratic Reform and Economic Recovery in Zimbabwe

Author : United States. Congress. Senate. Committee on Foreign Relations. Subcommittee on African Affairs
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Beyond the House of Hunger

Author : Brian Raftopoulos
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Democracy in Zimbabwe

Author : Alfred G. Nhema
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This book examines the dialectics of political liberalisation in Zimbabwe, over time, from the settler period to the late nineties. The study takes in theoretical parameters for political and economic concepts and assumptions; and provides a historical overview of settler rule, civil society reactions, and political developments 1945-1979. The author reveals stark historical continuities during this period. He argues that the post-independence state has sought, like its settler predecessor, to impose its hegemonic position by limiting the level of political space in which civil society could operate; and that corporatist structures and policies have militated against the establishment of a fully-fledged democratic society. The final chapter, which analyses structural adjustment, liberalisation, and the legacy of settler rule offers an assessment of the prospects of a lasting democratic process in Zimbabwe, and likely obstacles.