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Land Grabbing and Global Governance: Critical Perspectives

Citation
Margulis M, McKeon N & Borras S (2013) Land Grabbing and Global Governance: Critical Perspectives, Globalizations, 10 (1), pp. 1-23.

Abstract
Land grabbing has emerged as a significant issue in contemporary global governance that cuts across the fields of development, investment, food security, among others. Whereas land grabbing per se is not a new phenomenon, having historical precedents in the eras of imperialism, the character, scale, pace, orientation and key drivers of the recent wave of land grabs is a distinct historical phenomenon closely tied to major shifts in power and production in the global political economy. Land grabbing is facilitated by ever greater flows of capital, goods, and ideas across borders, and these flows occur through axes of power that are far more polycentric than the North-South imperialist tradition. In this introduction we argue that land grabbing speaks to many of the core questions of globalization studies. However, we note scholars of globalization have yet to deeply engage with this new field. We situate land grabbing in an era of advanced capitalism, multiple global crises and the role of new configurations of power and resistance in global governance institutions. The essays in this collection contribute to identifying land grabbing as an important and urgent topic for theoretical and empirical investigations to deepen our understanding of contemporary globalization and governance.

Keywords
land grabbing; large-scale land acquisitions; globalization; global governance; polycentrism

StatusPublished
AuthorsMargulis Matias, McKeon Nora, Borras Santurnino
Publication date2013
Publication date online15/02/2013
PublisherTaylor and Francis
ISSN 1474-7731
LanguageEnglish

Journal
Globalizations: Volume 10, Issue 1

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