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Between Authoritarianism and Democratization in Africa: the case of Zimbabwe

A lecture of Prof. Lloyd Sachikonye, University of Zimbabwe

Mar 11, 2009 from 06:00 PM to 07:00 PM

Where Aula Enriques, Residenza Studi Superiori (via Fantin, 15)

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The event is promoted by the ISA Resident Fellow Anna Maria Gentili.

The first half century of Africa's independence after colonialism has been mixed in relation to attainment of democracy and development. Most countries have experienced structural challenges in laying the foundations for durable democracy and sustainable development. Despite the trend towards political pluralism in the 1990s and during this decade, authoritarianism remains widespread as a feature of political and economic structures and values.

Zimbabwe is a clear example of an authoritarian regime that experiences challenges in  breaking from a repressive mould into one that tolerates pluralism and promotes accommodation in its political system and governance. Will the country make a successful transition from authoritarianism to democracy? What are the pre-conditions for such a transition? What lessons could the country draw from other African and developing countries?