Article from ROAPE Volume 34 Number 111
Radicalised State: Zimbabwe's Interrupted Revolution

The Radicalised State: Zimbabwe's Interrupted Revolution
Vol.34 No.111 (March 2007), pp103-121
This article conceptualises the revolutionary situation that gripped Zimbabwe from the late 1990s. That was the moment in which the two political questions that historically have galvanized peripheral capitalism - the agrarian and the national - were returned to the forefront of political life. We argue that the revolutionary situation resulted neither in a revolution, nor in mediocre reformism, nor in restoration. It resulted in an interrupted revolution, marked by a radical agrarian reform and a radicalised state - the first on the continent since the end of the Cold War.