Urban land policies in Ghana: A case of the emperor's new clothes?

Publisher:
Springer
Publication Type:
Journal Article
Citation:
The Review of Black Political Economy, 2014, 41 (2), pp. 119 - 143
Issue Date:
2014-01
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The paper examines evidence on the reasons for inefficient land management in Ghana. It argues that the perceived custodians of land have consistently acted in their individual interest while successfully using a discourse of 'communal' to secure the backing of the colonial and post colonial state. Overall, the state has substantially promoted the interest of private capital. In turn, the 'public good' outcomes the current land policies ostensibly seek to achieve have only been modestly achieved. Instead, land policies have had perverse implications for weaker groups such as women and impacted cities negatively.
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