This is a briefing from the Crisis States project 'Impact of Liberalisation on Zimbabwe.' It first discusses how a regime that was said to be in a state of terminal crisis two years ago has been able to win an election and overcome some of the economic problems that threatened to destroy it. It also examines the ways in which the regime has managed and mismanaged the economy over the past five years, and assesses the viability of the mechanisms that it is using to extract the resources it needs to finance the state apparatus, reward its key constituents, and alleviate the deepening poverty and marginalisation being experienced by most of its people. The effects of recent attempts at economic reform, and the major problems that their failure is now generating for the society as a whole, are considered.
Brett, E.A. Project Note. Political Victories And Economic Defeats: Managing The Post-Election Crisis In Zimbabwe. Crisis States Research Centre, London, UK (2005) 10 pp.