Policy processes of a land grab: at the interface of politics ‘in the air’ and politics ‘on the ground’ in Massingir, Mozambique

Jessica Milgroom*

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Abstract

The creation and enforcement of policies have been proposed as necessary to protect rural dwellers from dispossession by land grabs. Failing to consider the influence of the micro-politics of the policy implementation phase, these policies are insufficient. Based on an in-depth case study from southern Mozambique of a collision between a green grab and a land grab, this paper describes how two policies were used, first to facilitate a land grab and then to rescind the land concession. At a shifting intersection between politics ‘in the air’ and politics ‘on the ground’, convergence and later divergence among powerful groups shaped the space for policy enactment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)585-606
JournalThe Journal of Peasant Studies
Volume42
Issue number3-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • green grab
  • land grab
  • Limpopo National Park
  • Mozambique
  • policy enactment
  • resettlement

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