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Land and Loyalty: Security and the Development of Property Rights in Thailand

Tomas Larsson


Domestic and international development strategies often focus on private ownership as a crucial anchor for long-term investment; the security of property rights provides a foundation for capitalist expansion. In recent years, Thailand's policies have been hailed as a prime example of how granting formal land rights to poor farmers in low-income countries can result in economic benefits. But the country provides a puzzle: Thailand faced major security threats from colonial powers in the nineteenth century and from communism in the twentieth century, yet only in the latter case did the governmen ... More

Keywords: private ownership, institutional underdevelopment, property rights, security threats, Thailand, land rights, economic policy, Japan, Burma, Philippines

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450815
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450815.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tomas Larsson, author
Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge