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Property and political order: land rights and the structure of conflict in Africa

Boone, Catherine (2014) Property and political order: land rights and the structure of conflict in Africa. Cambridge studies in comparative politics. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9781107649934

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In sub-Saharan Africa, property relationships around land and access to natural resources vary across localities, districts, and farming regions. These differences produce patterned variations in relationships between individuals, communities, and the state. This book captures these patterns in an analysis of structure and variation in rural land tenure regimes. In most farming areas, state authority is deeply embedded in land regimes, drawing farmers, ethnic insiders and outsiders, lineages, villages, and communities into direct and indirect relationships with political authorities at different levels of the state apparatus. The analysis shows how property institutions – institutions that define political authority and hierarchy around land – shape dynamics of great interest to scholars of politics, including the dynamics of land-related competition and conflict, territorial conflict, patron-client relations, electoral cleavage and mobilization, ethnic politics, rural rebellion, and the localization and “nationalization” of political competition.

Item Type: Book
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Additional Information: © 2013 Cambridge University Press
Divisions: International Development
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD100 Land Use
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2013 13:17
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2021 23:05

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