Commercial Farmers and the State: Interest Group Politics and Land Reform in Zimbabwe

August 2006
Angus Selby (PhD thesis, University of Oxford)

Original new thesis which explores the history and politics of commercial farmers in Zimbabwe, their interactions with the state, and their contests for land and other resources. Using fresh archive and key informant sources, it provides a unique perspective on Zimbabwe’s much publicised land and race debates. Argues that the dismantling of the white farming sector disguised wider political contest and provided a source of land and assets for the ruling ZANU PF with which to placate its elaborate and increasingly militarised patronage system.

PhD thesis, University of Oxford