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Global governance meets local land tenure: international codes of conduct for responsible land investments in Uganda

Dieterle, Carolin (2022) Global governance meets local land tenure: international codes of conduct for responsible land investments in Uganda. The Journal of Development Studies, 58 (3). 582 - 598. ISSN 0022-0388

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00220388.2021.1983165

Abstract

Throughout the last decade, the international donor community has developed a plethora of regulatory initiatives for responsible agricultural investments. It remains unclear how such guidelines are invoked in practice in investment cases, and whether their use can prevent conflict and protect local land rights, as promoted. Uncovering how international guidelines work necessitates an understanding of the formal-legal setting and underlying land tenure regimes that shape investment projects. In Uganda, these contexts vary from region to region and investments take place on land held under various tenure regimes, including private, state-owned, and customary land. Based on 8 months of fieldwork in Uganda, I compare three cases of large-scale land investments in different settings and argue that variation in the underlying land tenure systems determines the variation, uneven applicability and effectiveness of global governance mechanisms.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/journals/fjds20
Additional Information: © 2021 The Authors
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JZ International relations
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2021 15:42
Last Modified: 13 May 2022 08:18
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/111962

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