In the land of the chiefs : customary law, land conflicts, and the role of the state in Peri-Urban Ghana

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In the land of the chiefs : customary law, land conflicts, and the role of the state in Peri-Urban Ghana

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: In the land of the chiefs : customary law, land conflicts, and the role of the state in Peri-Urban Ghana
Author: Ubink, Janine Marisca
Publisher: Leiden University Press
Van Vollenhoven Institute, Faculty of Law, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2008-03-05
Keywords: Customary law
Ghana
Land administration
Land reform
Land rights
Legal reform
State regulation
Tenure security
Traditional authorities
Abstract: The central themes of this book are customary law, traditional leadership and local land management. International policy is currently witnessing a renewed interest in customary tenure systems and traditional leadership, through which it aims to enhance the efficiency of local governance, and create general access to and secure rights in land. Contrary to these ideas, practice reveals a lack of security of customary tenure in many areas. Mounting evidence displays that customary systems often evolve inequitably and that traditional elites benefit disproportionally from commodification of land. In an effort to understand customary land management by traditional authorities, and the role policymakers, lawmakers, judges and civil servants play in this process, this book studies practices of land management in peri-urban Kumasi. It combines local case studies with theories about efficient land management, the resilience of traditional leadership, the negotiability of customary law and the gap between judges’ customary law and local practices. Doing so, it offers a unique body of empirical and theoretical knowledge for those interested in customary land management, as well as those interested in how customary law functions both at the local level and at the level of the state, in interaction with judges, lawmakers, policymakers, and civil servants.
Description: Promotor: J.M. Otto
With summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid
Citation: Ubink, J.M., 2008, Doctoral thesis, Leiden University
Series/Report no.: Leiden University Press series on Law, governance, and development dissertations
ISBN: 9789087280413
Sponsor: Leiden University Fund (LUF) NWO Mordenate Adatrechtstichting
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/12630
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