African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 368

Article in Press

Elite Convergence in Socio-Economic and Political Spaces. A Case Study of Zimbabwe’s Elite Actors

Mtize Listen

  •  Received: 03 June 2020
  •  Accepted: 10 August 2020
Elite convergence in Zimbabwe has often shaped the socio-economic and political environment. These convergences although not limited to political coalitions have shaped and influenced the course of direction the country has channeled. The aim of the paper is to highlight the presence of these supreme convergences between minority super powerful actors whose interests have determined how Zimbabwe is governed. The paper analyzed literature on elite convergence in Zimbabwe, basing its argument on the elite theory to argue that regardless of differences in ideology and principle, the elite will come together to protect their common interest and save their existence, power and wealth. In this regard the paper found out that, there is considerable amount of evidence that suggest these elite convergences are cross cutting in all sectors of the society and the lines are very visible especially in political spaces. It is evident that even when political elites differ in ideology and principle, they converge to forward a common interest that safeguards their common denominator to keep their will and power. In conclusion, the paper reiterated the fact that minority supreme individuals from divided society converge to protect their common interest to save and protect their existence, power and wealth.

Keywords: Elite Convergence, Interests, Coalitions, Power, Influence