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Land politics, how customary institutions shape state building in Zambia and Senegal, Lauren Honig.

Land Politics examines the struggle to control land in Africa through the lens of land titling in Zambia and Senegal. Contrary to standard wisdom portraying titling as an inevitable product of economic development, Lauren Honig traces its distinctly political logic and shows how informality is maintained by local actors. The book's analysis focuses on chiefs, customary institutions, and citizens, revealing that the strength of these institutions and an individual's position within them impact the expansion of state authority over land rights. Honig explores common subnational patterns within the two very different countries to highlight the important effects of local institutions, not the state's capacity or priorities alone, on state building outcomes. Drawing on evidence from national land titling records, qualitative case studies, interviews, and surveys, this book contributes new insights into the persistence of institutional legacies and the political determinants of property rights
Table Of Contents
Introduction: Land Titling as State Building -- Plot by Plot: Customary Authority and The Incremental Expansion of State Property Rights in Africa -- Why Institutions Matter: A Theory of Collective Costs and Customary Constraints in Land Titling -- The Institutional Foundations of Land Authority in Zambia and Senegal -- The Unofficial Differences Among Official Chiefs in Zambia: Vertical Accountability and Patterns of Land Titling -- Holding Ground in Senegal: Horizontal Accountability, Institutional Legacies, and the Continuation of Customary Property Rights -- Exit or Engagement: How Status within Institutions Impacts Smallholder Titling -- Conclusion: The Resilience of Customary Institutions and Property Rights, Beyond State Design
Literary Form
non fiction
1st ed.
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 15 Aug 2022)
Physical Description
1 online resource (xv, 365 pages), digital, PDF file(s).
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