Land, Poverty and Livelihoods in an Era of Globalization: Perspectives from Developing and Transition Countries (Paperback) book cover

Land, Poverty and Livelihoods in an Era of Globalization

Perspectives from Developing and Transition Countries

By A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi, Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Cristóbal Kay

© 2009 – Routledge

440 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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A host of internationally eminent scholars are brought together here to explore the structural causes of rural poverty and income inequality, as well as the processes of social exclusion and political subordination encountered by the peasantry and rural workers across a wide range of countries.

This volume examines the intersection of politics and economics and provides a critical analysis and framework for the study of neo-liberal land policies in the current phase of globalization. Utilizing new empirical evidence from ten countries, it provides an in-depth analysis of key country studies, a comparative analysis of agrarian reforms and their impact on rural poverty in Africa, Asia, Latin America and transition countries.

Presenting an agrarian reform policy embedded in an appropriate development strategy, which is able to significantly reduce and hopefully eliminate rural poverty, this work is a key resource for postgraduate students studying in the areas of development economics, development studies and international political economy.


"Land, Poverty and Livelihoods is very well-cited and grounded in concrete figures (the perfect source for a graduate student reading list). The introduction is incredibly thorough and didactic, carefully reviewing land reform in theory and practice around the world and over time. And the concluding chapter is an excellent analysis of the implications that the case studies presented in the book have for policy. Altogether, this book is an important source for the contemporary debate over whether and how agrarian reform might work to reduce rural poverty and inequality."

Wendy Wolford, UNC Chapel Hill

Table of Contents

1. Agrarian Reform and Rural Development: Historical Overview and Current Issues Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Cristóbal Kay and A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi 2. Bolivia's Unfinished Agrarian Reform: Rural Poverty and Development Policies Cristóbal Kay and Miguel Urioste 3. Agrarian Reform and Poverty Reduction: Lessons from Brazil Carmen Diana Deere and Leonilde Servolo de Medeiros 4. Land, Poverty and State-Society Interaction in the Philippines Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Danilo Carranza and Ricardo Reyes 5. Land Markets and Rural Livelihoods in Vietnam A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi 6. Land Reform, Rural Poverty and Inequality in Armenia: A Pro-Poor Approach to Land Policies Max Spoor 7. The Land System, Agriculture and Poverty in Uzbekistan Azizur Rahman Khan 8. Mubarak’s Legacy for Egypt’s Rural Poor: Returning Land to the Landlords Ray Bush 9. Land Reform in Namibia: Issues of Equity and Poverty Jan Kees van Donge with George Eiseb and Alfons Mosimane 10. Untying the Gordian Knot: The Question of Land Reform in Ethiopia Gebru Mersha and Mwangi wa Githinji 11. Land Policy, Poverty Reduction and Public Action in Zimbabwe Sam Moyo 12. Neo-liberal Globalization, Land and Poverty: Implications for Public Action A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi, Saturnino M. Borras Jr., Cristóbal Kay and Terry McKinley

About the Authors

A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi is Professor of International Development Studies at Trent University, Peterborough, Canada. Saturnino M. Borras Jr is Canada Research Chair in International Development Studies, St Mary's University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Cristóbal Kay is Associate Professor of Rural Development and Development Studies at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, the Netherlands.

About the Series

Routledge ISS Studies in Rural Livelihoods

Editorial Board: A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi (Trent University), Saturnino M. Borras Jr. (Institute of Social Studies), Cristóbal Kay (Chair) (Institute of Social Studies) and Max Spoor (Institute of Social Studies).

Routledge and the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, The Netherlands publish a book series together in rural livelihoods. The series includes themes such as land policies and land rights, water issues, food policy and politics, rural poverty, agrarian transformation, migration, rural-oriented social movements, rural conflict and violence, among others. All books in the series offer rigorous, empirically grounded, cross-national comparative and inter-regional analysis. The books are theoretically stimulating, but are also accessible to policy practitioners and civil society activists.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Business Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / International / General