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The Gradual Erosion of the Social Security Function of Customary Land Tenure Arrangements in Lineage-based Societies

Jean-Philippe Platteau

in Insurance Against Poverty

Published in print November 2004 | ISBN: 9780199276837
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601620 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199276838.003.0013

Series: WIDER Studies in Development Economics

The Gradual Erosion of the Social Security Function of Customary Land Tenure Arrangements in Lineage-based Societies

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This chapter argues that economic development has eroded the effectiveness of land tenure arrangements in African village societies. It discusses the growing incidence of exclusionary practices, the diminishing role of the commons, and increasing individualization of land tenure rights. It argues that the intervention of central agencies becomes more essential as market development advances.

Keywords: social security; access rules; village societies; land tenure arrangements; rural societies; Africa; economic development

Chapter.  16983 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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