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Local politics and the dynamics of property in Africa

Author: Christian Lund
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This book provides a detailed analysis of how public authority and the state are formed through debates and struggles over property in the Upper East Region of Ghana. Although scarcity may indeed promote exclusivity, the evidence from Ghana shows that when many institutions contend for the right to authorize claims to land, the result of an effort to unify and clarify the law is to intensify competition among these  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christian Lund
ISBN: 9780521886543 0521886546
OCLC Number: 173299119
Description: xiii, 200 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
"This situation is incongruous in the extreme" : the history of land policies in the upper regions of Ghana --
Who owns Bolgatanga? : the revival of the earthpriest and emerging tensions over property --
Seizing opportunities : chieftaincy, land, and local administration --
Settled facts or facts to settle : land conflicts under institutional uncertainty --
"Bawku is still volatile" : ethnopolitical conflict and state recognition --
The rent of nonenforcement : access to forests resources --
Small dams and fluid tenure --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Christian Lund.
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This book looks at how public authority and the state are formed throughout Africa in land struggles and debates over property.  Read more...

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