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The Politics of Land Reform in Africa

by Ambreena Manji - £26.99  Zed Books Ltd (2006)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781842774953 | ISBN 10: 1842774956

Across African land is being commodified: private ownership is replacing communal and customary tenure and farms are turned into collateral for rural credit markets.
Law reform is at the heart of this revolution. The Politics of Land Reform in Africa casts a critical spotlight on the profound change in African land economy. The book illuminates the key role of legislators. legal consultants and academics in tenure reform. These players exert their influence by translating the economic and regulatory interests of the World Bank, civil society groups and commercial lenders into questions of law. Drawing on political economy and actor-network theory, The Politics of Land Reform in Africa is an indispensable contribution to the study of agrarian change in developing countries.

"In this remarkable book Ambreena Manji demystifies the new land tenure laws drafted by international consultants sponsored by international financial institutions. She shows that land law reform is essentially a terrain of political and economic struggle which remains unfinished business as a new actor - movements of the rural poor - emerges on the scene."
(Professor Issa Shivji)

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