Institutions in Transition: Land Ownership, Property Rights, and Social Conflict in China

Hardcover | January 4, 2006

byPeter Ho

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China's urban sprawl has led to serious social cleavages. Unclear land and property rights have resulted in an uneasy alliance between real estate companies and local authorities, with most willing to strike illegal deals over land. The results have been devastating. Farmers live in fear thatthe land they till today will be gone tomorrow, while urban citizens are regularly evicted from their homes to make way for new skyscrapers and highways. These shocking incidents underscore the urgency of the land question in China. The recent conviction of the Chinese Minister for Land Resources and the forced evictions that have led to the injury and death of ordinary Chinese citizens highlight the case for land reform. Against this backdrop, manyscholars criticize China's lack of privatization and titling of property. This monograph, however, demonstrates that these critically depend on timing and place. Land titling is imperative for the wealthier regions, yet, may prove detrimental in areas with high poverty. The book argues that China'sland reform can only succeed if the clarification of property rights is done with caution and ample regard for regional variations.

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China's urban sprawl has led to serious social cleavages. Unclear land and property rights have resulted in an uneasy alliance between real estate companies and local authorities, with most willing to strike illegal deals over land. The results have been devastating. Farmers live in fear thatthe land they till today will be gone tomorr...

Peter Ho is Professor of International Development Studies and concurrent Director of the Centre for Development Studies at the University of Groningen. He is member of the Academic Committee of the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) in Leiden and member of the Steering Committee of the European Conference on Agriculture...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.86 inPublished:January 4, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019928069X

ISBN - 13:9780199280698

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PrefaceIntroduction1. The credibility of agricultural land tenure or why delibrate institutional ambiguity might work2. Why the village has no power: land ownership disputes and customary tenure3. Governing China's grasslands: the clash over state and collective property4. Contested spaces: forest rights, registration and social conflict5. Going, going, gone! A case-study of the wasteland auction policy6. Between nationalization and privatization: common property as the third way?Summary and concluding observations: the national debate on property law