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Title:Land tenure reform in developing countries: from westernization to indigenisation
Author:James, Rudi W.
Periodical:Eastern Africa Law Review
Geographic term:developing countries
Subject:land law
Abstract:An Inaugural Lecture given 15 August 1975 at the University of Papua New Guinea. 'Land tenure reform' when used in the context of developing countries may signify massive expropriation of property rights from a small landowning class for redistribution to landless rural families. Land tenure reform, however, when used with reference to the greater part of 'freed' Africa and the Pacific Islands has a different signification. In these areas the problem is perceived not as being one of mass landlessness but as an exclusion of the masses (in most cases over 90 per cent) and the predominant land area from participating in the developmental process. The solution is, therefore, seen in terms of modernising the land tenure system by new institutional arrangements. To the redistribution of land, in the sense of a retransfer of economic and political power to the people, there have always been insuperable obstacles. Discussing the effects of the colonial system of dualistic land tenure, the author examines land reform policies in Africa, comparing them with the situation in P.N.G. Notes.