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Legal empowerment of the poor through property rights reform: tensions and tradeoffs of land registration and titling in sub-Saharan Africa

Boone, Catherine (2019) Legal empowerment of the poor through property rights reform: tensions and tradeoffs of land registration and titling in sub-Saharan Africa. The Journal of Development Studies, 55 (3). pp. 384-400. ISSN 0022-0388

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Identification Number: 10.1080/00220388.2018.1451633

Abstract

Land registration and titling in Africa is often advocated as a pro-poor legal empowerment strategy. Advocates have put forth different visions of the substantive goals this is to achieve. Some see registration and titling as a way to protect smallholders’ rights of access to land. Others frame land registration as part of community-protection or ethno-justice agendas. Still others see legal empowerment in the market-enhancing commodification of property rights. This paper contrasts these different visions, showing that each entails tensions and trade-offs. The analysis helps explain why land law reforms aiming at legal empowerment may be controversial or divisive in African countries.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/fjds20/current
Additional Information: © 2018 UNU-WIDER
Divisions: International Development
Government
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > International Development
Departments > Government
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2018 15:32
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 12:26
Projects: ES/P008038/1
Funders: International Inequalities Institute, Suntory and Toyota International Centers for Economics and Related Disciplines, UK ESRC grant to the LSE Centre for the Study of Public Authority in Africa (CPAID)
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/87485

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