Governing Global Land Deals

The Role of the State in the Rush for Land

by Wendy Wolford, Saturnino M. Borras, Ruth Hall, Ian Scoones,

This collection of essays in Governing Global Land Deals provides new empirical and theoretical analyses of the relationships between global land grabs and processes of government and governance.

  • Reframes debates on global land grabs by focusing on the relationship between large-scale land deals and processes of governance
  • Offers new theoretical insights into the different forms and effects of global land acquisitions
  • Illuminates both the micro-processes of transaction and expropriation, as well as the broader structural forces at play in global land deals
  • Provides new empirical data on the different actors involved in contemporary land deals occurring across the globe and focuses on the specific institutional, political, and economic contexts in which they are acting
  • Wiley; September 2013
  • ISBN 9781118688250
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  • Title: Governing Global Land Deals
  • Author: Wendy Wolford (ed.); Saturnino M. Borras (ed.); Ruth Hall (ed.); Ian Scoones (ed.); Ben White (ed.)
  • Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell

About The Author

Wendy Wolford is the Robert A. and Ruth E. Polson Professor of Development Sociology at Cornell University.

Saturnino M. Borras, Jr. is Associate Professor of Rural Development Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Ruth Hall is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) at the University of the Western Cape.

Ian Scoones is a Professorial Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and co-director of the ESRC STEPS Centre at Sussex and joint convener of the IDS-hosted Future Agricultures Consortium.

Ben White is Emeritus Professor of Rural Sociology at the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, the Netherlands.

The editors are co-coordinators of the Land Deal Politics Initiative (LDPI:, an international network of scholars doing engaged research on the issue of global land grabbing.