Wednesday, October 10, 2007
PUBLICATION: Socioeconomic Change and Land Use in Africa: The Transformation of Property Rights in Maasailand
Esther Mwangi’s study investigates how and why group ranch members in Kajiado District, Kenya, supported the subdivision of their collective landholdings into individual, titled units, and what outcomes resulted from this transition to individual rights. Viewed over a longer time scale, the author finds that politics is at the core of institutional change: land-owners increasingly seek exclusive rights in an effort to defend their land claims against threats of appropriation by the state, by Maasai elite, and by non-Maasai.
Esther also published a couple of related CAPRi Working Papers, which you can access here.