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The Political Economy of Rural Poverty : The Case for Land Reform - M. Riad El-Ghonemy

The Political Economy of Rural Poverty

The Case for Land Reform

Hardcover Published: 12th April 1990
ISBN: 9780415040822
Number Of Pages: 337

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Can land reform be an effective means of reducing the absolute numbers of people living in poverty in rural areas? The social and economic importance of land ownership in developing countries is widely acknowledged, yet there is a declining concern for land reform in the international community. The author has drawn on extensive first hand experience to explore the extent to which such policies are successful in rapidly reducing poverty and increasing agricultural growth rates. Using a wide range of case studies this book illustrates the impact of schemes which result in a partial, complete or non-existent re-allocation of land. He finds that land reform can play a major part in stimulating the rural economy, particularly by providing the rural population with greater command over their own food supply. As the incidence of poverty and landlessness increases and food productivity continues to fall in developing countries, what are the prospects for re-establishing land reform as a high priority? Discussing countries as diverse as China, Kenya, India, Bolivia, Egypt and South Korea the book offers new insights to anyone working in rural development.

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." . . a welcome contribution. The author examines the interconnections between development policy, poverty, and the structure of land tenure systems and specific state policies aimed at land reform . . . the book makes a significant contribution toward a better understanding of rural poverty and the land question in third world societies." -"Journal of the American Association

Preface
Introduction
Puzzles and Dilemmas
Persistent Poverty and Crippled Agriculture: A Single Problem
The Ideological Shift and Dilemmas Facing Government
The Analytical Issues of Land Reform and Rural Poverty
Accessible Opportunities: The Meaning of Land Reform
Large Estate: Issues in Efficiency and Employment in Capitalist and Socialist Economies
The Obstacles and Realities in Reducing Poverty
Institutional Monopoly and Rural Poverty
Case Studies in Complete and Partial Land Reform
The pace of Poverty Reduction: Inter-Country Comparisons
Policy Implications and Prospects of Land Reform
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ISBN: 9780415040822
ISBN-10: 0415040825
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 337
Published: 12th April 1990
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1

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