The Zimbabwean Crisis and the Challenges for the Left

  title={The Zimbabwean Crisis and the Challenges for the Left},
  author={Brian Raftopoulos},
  journal={Journal of Southern African Studies},
  pages={203 - 219}
  • B. Raftopoulos
  • Published 1 June 2006
  • Political Science
  • Journal of Southern African Studies
The Zimbabwean crisis has generated a great deal of academic and political debate, not the least of which has been conflicting perspectives from the Left. While the politics of land redistribution has been characterised by some as a key marker of anti-imperialist and anti-neoliberal politics, others have been equally concerned about the authoritarian politics that has been the modality for the land interventions of the Mugabe regime. This article undertakes a broad analysis of the theoretical… 

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