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Where There is No Government: Enforcing Property Rights in Common Law Africa

Sandra F. Joireman


Governments, farmers, homeowners, and academics around the world agree that property rights are important. But what happens when the state fails to enforce them? This book describes how a variety of non-state actors define and enforce property rights in Sub-Saharan Africa when the state is weak or absent. Examining the roles played by traditional leaders, entrepreneurial bureaucrats, NGOs, and specialists in violence, this text argues that organic institutions can be helpful or predatory, depending on their incentives and context. Because organically developed institutions are not assumed to b ... More

Keywords: property rights, non-state actors, institutions, Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, economic development, state, law enforcement, Sub-Saharan Africa, land, housing, customary law

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199782482
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199782482.001.0001


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Sandra F. Joireman, author
Wheaton College
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