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Landowners or laborers: What choice will developing countries make?

During 2012, a key choice facing developing countries revealed itself ever more starkly. Would they choose a development path built on inclusiveness, respect for the rights of their citizens, and the rule of law? Or would they seek a short-cut to development and opt to hand over community land and natural resources to international investors and national elites? Would they turn their rural citizens from landowners into landless laborers? The inequalities and disempowerment resulting from these extractive political and economic systems are replicating the “resource curse,” in which nations become trapped in poverty and are riven by resentment and internal conflict, with growing risks of political turmoil.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Economic policy and administration
  • Environment and natural resources
  • Environment and natural resources policy and administration
  • Land
  • Social development
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
  • Cambodia
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Myanmar
  • Malaysia
  • Indonesia
  • Singapore
  • Philippines
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Christmas Island
  • Timor-Leste
  • Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Copyright Yes
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Author (individual) Pearce, Fred
Publication place Washington, DC
Publisher Rights and Resources Initiative
Publication date 2013
Pagination 36 p
Date uploaded June 14, 2015, 22:10 (UTC)
Date modified June 17, 2016, 09:49 (UTC)