Land Reform

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Land Reform

Any direct action by a government to change who owns land in a country. For example, a government may confiscate property held by large, foreign corporations and distribute it among poor and small farmers. Land reform is highly controversial whenever it is practiced.
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21) Harris concedes that Lincoln's conservative approach to the use of federal power would have probably meant that he would be slow to adopt solutions as radical as the Stevens plan for the redistribution of land to ex-slaves; but he also points out that it is not beyond the scope of reasonable imagination that "unforeseeable contingencies, such as terror campaigns to undermine black freedom and loyal control, might have compelled [Lincoln] to adjust his Southern policy to meet new realities.
The redistribution of land effectively ended during the administration of Carlos Salinas with constitutional reforms that allowed for the sale of communal farmland, known as ejidos.
We are disappointed', the leaders continued, 'by the partisan and biased manner in which a sector of the international media has misrepresented the land policy of the government of Zimbabwe which seeks to effect a just and equitable redistribution of land in a situation where one per cent of the population owns over seventy per cent of the best arable land'.
The Charter became the manifesto of the anti-apartheid movement, calling for universal adult suffrage as well as several broadly socialist measures, such as the nationalization of major industries and the redistribution of land.
As noted in the introduction, in assessing the impact of the 1952 Agrarian Reform Law, Handy, Gleijeses and Aybar de Soto focus primarily on the aggregate redistribution of land and the estimated total populations that such redistribution affected.
The Dissolution accelerated a drastic redistribution of land, opening up land ownership to a growing class of merchants, yeoman, and lower gentry.
As has been recently demonstrated, the agreement constrained the Zimbabwean government's ability to re-order internal economic relations, specifically the redistribution of land.
Redistribution of land has been further undermined by the government's favoritism toward massive plantations that produce food for export.
The resulting redistribution of land by peasant associations seems to have given women some access to land, as illustrated in table B.
Pankhurst argues strongly that disputes over land use should not be restricted to issues concerning the redistribution of land in the Police Zone.
The time has passed for considering the `peasant question' simply in terms of price guarantees for corn or redistribution of land for labor-intensive household-based production," Collier writes.
I am reminded of Professor X, a specialist in Latin American studies who believed strongly in laws and taxes to spread out American wealth more fairly, and in the redistribution of land.