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Intensified local grievances, enduring national control: the politics of land in the 2017 Kenyan elections

Journal article
Authors Michelle D’Arcy
Marina Nistotskaya
Published in Journal of Eastern African Studies
Volume 13
Issue 2
Pages 294-312
ISSN 17531055
Publication year 2019
Published at Quality of Government Institute (QoG)
Department of Political Science
Pages 294-312
Language en
Keywords 2017 election, devolution, ethnicity, Kenya, land
Subject categories Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)


© 2019, © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Constitutional provisions for devolution and land reform sought to address local land grievances and decentralize land administration in ways that would prevent conflict. The article argues that partial implementation of this agenda has intensified local grievances in a context of enduring national control over land administration. Local grievances have intensified as devolution has empowered majority communities and stoked their attachment to homelands, while the constitutional recognition of ancestral land rights has provided them with a legal basis for their claims. The failed decentralization of land administration has left national institutions as the focus of these claims. We examine whether these trends affected the use of land as a political resource and the rhetoric of land grievance during the 2017 elections. Using regression analysis, we find that titles were used patrimonially in the presidential elections, with titles targeted at Kikuyu minorities outside of their homelands. Our qualitative analysis suggests that the rhetoric of land grievances was limited in gubernatorial campaigns, suggesting that continued centralization in land administration retains the focus of land issues at the national level. Overall, our findings suggest that the partial implementation of the Constitution has exacerbated the conditions that led to land-based conflict in the past.

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