The Philippine land reform in comparative perspective: Some conceptual and methodological implications

Saturnino M. Borras*

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Abstract

Using empirical evidence from the Philippine land reform (1972-2005), this paper examines land reform theory and practice, and argues that convention has a priori excluded a significant portion of actually existing land-based production and distribution relationships, while it has inadvertently included in its definition and analysis land transfers that do not constitute real redistributive reform. This problematic framing of 'exclusion-inclusion' has led to incorrect accounting and analysis of the nature, scope, pace and direction of change/reform that have occurred (or not) in the agrarian structure of a particular setting. This problem has prevented the emergence of nuanced comparative land reform studies, with possible further implications for studies that attempt to trace causal relationships between land redistribution and agrarian transformation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)69-101
Number of pages33
JournalJournal of Agrarian Change
Volume6
Issue number1
Early online date21 Dec 2005
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2006

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