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Institutions in TransitionLand Ownership, Property Rights and Social Conflict in China$
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Peter Ho

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199280698

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/019928069X.001.0001

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The Credibility of Agricultural Land Tenure, or Why Intentional Institutional Ambiguity Might Work

The Credibility of Agricultural Land Tenure, or Why Intentional Institutional Ambiguity Might Work

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(p.17) 1 The Credibility of Agricultural Land Tenure, or Why Intentional Institutional Ambiguity Might Work
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Institutions in Transition
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/019928069X.003.0002

Seeks to explore the institutional arrangements that have enabled the establishment of a credible and socially accepted cropland tenure system in China. For this purpose, the chapter starts with a broad review of the national policy and law-making process that dictates property rights for agricultural land. In addition, the chapter analyses China’s land property rights structure. It is argued that the restraint which the central government exercised in leaving land ownership ambiguous—the creation of ‘intentional institutional ambiguity’—offers the greater part of the explanation of why the cropland tenure system functions

Keywords:   Deliberate institutional ambiguity, land ownership, national land law and policy, tenure security

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