Conceptualising the potential of informal land markets to reduce urban poverty

Marx, Colin (2009) Conceptualising the potential of informal land markets to reduce urban poverty. International Development Planning Review, 31(4), pp. 335-353. ISSN (print) 1474-6743

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There is a strong argument that the formalisation of informal land markets can reduce urban poverty. In this view, the potential to reduce poverty lies in the ability of the state to introduce appropriate forms of formality and the intrinsic abilities of markets to generate wealth. Pointing to evidence that the results of formalisation initiatives have been less impressive in practice, I argue that one of the reasons is a failure to analyse informal land markets in their own terms. Drawing on evidence from informal land markets in informal settlements in three of South Africa�s metropolitan areas, I demonstrate how informal land markets can be seen in their own terms and the difference this makes to analysing their potential to reduce poverty.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dar-es-Salaam, rights, desoto, Hernando, framework, Tanzania, title, Ghana, south, city
Research Area: Geography and environmental studies
Development studies
Town and country planning
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Science (until 2011) > School of Geography, Geology and Environment
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Depositing User: Colin Marx
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2010 14:08
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2012 21:48

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