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Land deals, and how not all states react the same: Zambia and the Chinese request

Journal article
Authors Marie Widengård
Published in Review of African Political Economy
ISSN 0305-6244
Publication year 2019
Published at School of Global Studies, Human Ecology
Language en
Keywords Land grab, authority, state, traditional leaders, Zambia, China, Acquisition de terrain, autorite, Etat, chefs traditionnels, Zambie, Chine, global land, access, dispossession, investments, africa, politics, america, chiefs, rush, Area Studies, Government & Law
Subject categories Globalization Studies


The global land rush has drawn new attention to the African state. Governments have generally been accused of brokering deals that are assumed to negatively affect local people. This framing contributes to an image that all states react in the same way, ignoring that states and customary rulers still covet control over land. By drawing on a Chinese land request for 2 million hectares in Zambia, the article argues that processes of land acquisition are deeply influenced by the shifting politics and policies within the respective country, specifically since a change of government changed the dynamics of the deal.

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