Property and Political Order: Land Rights and the Structure of Conflict in Africa
2014. Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics, Cambridge University Press
This book argues that variation in the structure of land tenure institutions goes far in predicting differences in the forms and scale of resource conflict. Property institutions also help predict when and where land conflict will scale up into the national electoral arena, producing election violence.
Land tenure rules structure agrarian society and linkages to the state in the farming regions of Africa, producing forms of "political order" that are now being destabilized by population pressure, rising land values, and environmental stress.