The Invisible Line: Land Reform, Land Tenure Security and Land Registration

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Ashgate, 2003 - Business & Economics - 219 pages
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There has been a resurgence in interest in issues of land reform in developing and transitional countries. This has been initiated by the large-scale re-distributive activities in former Communist countries and by the growing number of claims on land by displaced indigenous population groups to restrore their rights to land. This book provides a timely and clear overview of the historical and theoretical context of current land reform and tenure issues. and Latin America: explore land and rights to land; property; land tenure; and reform and land registration. Beginning by discussing the need to demarcate space by creating invisible lines, which give certainty to what extent authority over land can be established, it then explores legal and theoretical definitions of land and property and looks as the various different policies and forms of land tenure. traditional forms of access to land and of resource conservation. The book argues that, while such policies on land property rights have great potential, they are best being adopted in a long-term, incremental way. It also shows how land policy reforms must be embedded in institutional and general policy reforms, complemented by rural development and educational opportunities for beneficiaries. practices and argues that the perception of land tenure security is the most critical factor of success to land reform.

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