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State Politics In Zimbabwe
State Politics In Zimbabwe
By Jeffrey Herbst
University of California Press, 1990, 283 pp

The government that came to power in Zimbabwe at independence in 1980 inherited a state apparatus that was relatively developed in African terms and, in turn, confronted an array of coherent interest groups capable of putting the country's new leaders under varying kinds of conflicting pressures. This informative and well-researched study focuses on the political decision-making process within the Mugabe government and the ability of national leaders to pursue goals of their own devising in the face of interest group pressures. The case studies are the book's most valuable part, and the concluding chapter, which falls into a briar patch of jargon, the least.