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African Land Reform Under Economic Liberalisation

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Takeuchi Shinichi (Editor), "African Land Reform Under Economic Liberalisation", Springer Nature, 2022, DOI: 10.1007/978-981-16-4725-3, License:

This open access book offers unique in-depth, comprehensive, and comparative analyses of the motivations, context, and outcomes of recent land reforms in Africa. Whereas a considerable number of land reforms have been carried out by African governments since the 1990s, no systematic analysis on their meaning has so far been conducted. In the age of land reform, Africa has seen drastic rural changes. Analysing the relationship between those reforms and change, the chapters in this book reveal not only their socio-economic outcomes, such as accelerated marketisation of land, but also their political outcomes, which have often been contrasting. Countries such as Rwanda and Mozambique have utilised land reform to strengthen state control over land, but other countries, such as Ghana and Zambia, have seen the rise in power of traditional chiefs in managing the land. The comparative perspective of this book clarifies new features of African social changes, which are carefully investigated by area experts. Providing new perspectives on recent land reform, this book will have a considerable impact on scholars as well as policymakers.


Open Access, Land Tenure, Governance In Africa, Post-cold War Land Reforms In Africa, Land Reforms In Africa, State-building In Africa, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Ethiopia, South Africa

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