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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