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Author Firmin-Sellers, Kathryn

Title The transformation of property rights in the Gold Coast : an empirical analysis applying rational choice theory / Kathryn Firmin-Sellers
Published Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996


Description 1 online resource (xii, 200 pages) : illustrations
Series Political economy of institutions and decisions
Political economy of institutions and decisions.
Contents Introduction -- pt. 1. The institutions of the colonial state: The logic of indirect rule -- pt. 2. The reinvention of tradition : the evolution of property rights under indirect rule: Institutional failure in the Ga state ; Institutional creation in Akyem Abuakwa : the politics of property rights -- pt. 3. The transition to independent government: Redfining the institutions of central government : the writing ot the Coussey Constitution ; The return to the traditional state ; Conclusion
Summary This book explores the political process by which property rights are defined and enforced in two traditional states in colonial Ghana. The case studies within the book ask how colonial institutions transformed indigenous political and economic life; and how colonization and decolonization affected prospects for future economic development and stability in Africa. The introductory chapter outlines a theory of the transformation of property rights systems. The remaining empirical chapters refine this theory through a detailed analysis of the transformation of property rights within an African context. These chapters draw explicitly on rational choice theories to analyse indigenous actors' attempts to redefine and enforce property rights to land by 'reinventing' the traditions of their respective communities. These theories help to understand why property rights systems across Africa remain fluid and insecure
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 159-191) and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Land tenure -- Ghana -- History
Real property -- Ghana -- History
Customary law -- Ghana -- History
Agriculture and state -- Ghana -- Case studies
Land tenure -- Africa
Real property -- Africa
Agriculture and state -- Africa
LAW -- Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice.
Agriculture and state
Customary law
Land tenure
Real property
Genre/Form Electronic books
Case studies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0511000243