Can redistributive reform be achieved via market-based voluntary land transfer schemes? Evidence and lessons from the Philippines

Saturnino M. Borras*

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Abstract

This article examines market-led agrarian reform (MLAR) and its variants in the form of voluntary land transfer schemes under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) in the Philippines. Analysis of MLAR variants in the Philippines offers a preview of what is likely to happen when the MLAR model currently being pushed by the World Bank is implemented in the real world: Not only do MLAR and MLAR-like schemes fail to promote redistributive reform, they also undermine potentially redistributive state-led land reform policies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-134
Number of pages45
JournalJournal of Development Studies
Volume41
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005

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Funding Information:
40. Contained in the letter dated 30 October 2001 from DAR’s Assistant Secretary Jose Mari Ponce to WB Country Director Robert Vance Pulley. The money will come from the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) grant.

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