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6 - Holding Ground in Senegal

Horizontal Accountability, Institutional Legacies, and the Continuation of Customary Property Rights

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 August 2022

Lauren Honig
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Boston College, Massachusetts
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Chapter 6 investigates how customary institutions shape property rights in Senegal, where customary authorities have unofficial influence over land. A case study of land negotiations in northern Senegal illustrates how strong institutions, with hierarchical legacies, slow the erosion of customary land tenure by creating horizontal accountability among chiefs. The chapter then turns to the relationship between land titling and customary institutions throughout Senegal. Statistical analyses provide evidence that zones with hierarchical institutions have lower rates of land titling and stronger customary property rights institutions. This chapter provides further evidence that customary institutions contribute to long-term patterns of state building.

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Land Politics
How Customary Institutions Shape State Building in Zambia and Senegal
, pp. 202 - 243
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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