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 Research Projects at the MPIfG

Multilevel Dynamics of Social Movements in the Global South

Laura Gerken


 
Since the mid-2000s, land has become an increasingly important commodity on the world market. In the context of large-scale land acquisition in the global south, the doctoral project explores the rise and development of multilevel land governance, the repertoires and frameworks of the associated social movements, and the connection between them. The literature on this phenomenon has either an exclusively local or transnational focus, neglecting the importance of the interplay of governance structures and social movements on a variety of levels. Taking into account transnational opportunity structures that are enhanced by emerging governance structures of land, the project studies the relationship between social movements and governance structures on multiple levels. In a three-step analysis, it will first examine the emergence and development of land governance by mapping its regulation since the year 2000. The second step uses process-tracing techniques to compare case studies of land deals that have been opposed by social movements. The third part of the analysis will identify sequences of mutual influencing of governance structures and social movements in the context of land. Project duration: October 2017 to March 2021.
 

 
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