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A critical analysis of the dynamics of intergovernmental relations in Zimbabwe

Show simple item record Chakunda, Vincent 2020-07-20T08:14:46Z 2020-07-20T08:14:46Z 2018
dc.description.abstract The study of inter-government relations in Zimbabwe presents a dynamic discourse with a complex political and constitutional history. This discourse occurs in the context of different political systems with diverse ideological orientations. In Zimbabwe, IGR has undergone different phases of transformation affecting the role and functions of different tiers of government. From colonial to post- independence era, the different governments have vacillated from centralism to decentralism, overregulation and protectionism. In the process, this has affected the intergovernmental balance of power in varying degrees. This paper critically examines the dynamics of the IGR discourse in Zimbabwe dwelling on its historical legacies, constitutional foundations, ideological orientation and institutional frameworks. The endeavor is to establish the nature and scope of the relationship between different tiers of government as shaped by the governing legislation and enforced through the established institutions. The paper established that the unitary system of Zimbabwe is anchored on a strong centralist ideology that suffocates the autonomy of sub-national institutions. In the same context, there is absence of political will to implement crucial constitutional reforms that have a bearing on the configuration of IGR. The paper also revealed that political party incongruence is a threat to intergovernmental coordination, integrated planning and collaborative development in Zimbabwe. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Asian and African Social Science and Humanities;Vol. 4; No. 2: p. 14-27
dc.subject Intergovernmental relations en_US
dc.subject Constitutional history en_US
dc.subject Centralism en_US
dc.subject Decentralism en_US
dc.subject Zimbabwe en_US
dc.title A critical analysis of the dynamics of intergovernmental relations in Zimbabwe en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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