The Limits of State-Led Land Reform: An Introduction Sikor, Thomas

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Sikor, Thomas
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Land reform; Economics; International relations
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To link to full-text access for this article, visit this link: Byline: Thomas Sikor Keywords: land reform; land tenure; land use; state; community Abstract: This essay introduces a collection of papers that examine the effects of contemporary land reforms in practice. This essay focuses on the roles of state and community in land reform. It argues that state-led strategies encounter significant problems on the ground due to their reliance on "top-down" initiatives and bureaucratic implementation. Empirical and conceptual insights suggest the benefits of a shift in emphasis from state to community in land reform. Emphasis on community calls for a state that is more reactive to political demands originating "from below" and more responsive to variation in local institutions and practices. Author Affiliation: University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK Article History: Accepted 7 August 2008
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