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Kampen om jord: om institutioner, rationella val och viljan att göra rätt i landreformens Zimbabwe

Gyllander, Emma LU (2012) STVK01 20121
Department of Political Science
Abstract (Swedish)
Land Reform in Zimbabwe was instigated at the end of the 1970’s as an effort to ease tensions and more equitably distribute wealth and power between the disenfranchised black population and their white colonial rulers. In this thesis I examine Zimbabwean land reform from a new institutional perspective. More specifically, I examine which of the two institutional logics, logic of appropriateness and logic of consequentiality, that best explain the formation and evolution of land reform policy.
The logic of appropriateness is the core assumption within normative institutionalism. A person who acts according will be guided by norms, informal rules, and will try to act in “the appropriate way”. On the contrary, logic of consequentiality is... (More)
Land Reform in Zimbabwe was instigated at the end of the 1970’s as an effort to ease tensions and more equitably distribute wealth and power between the disenfranchised black population and their white colonial rulers. In this thesis I examine Zimbabwean land reform from a new institutional perspective. More specifically, I examine which of the two institutional logics, logic of appropriateness and logic of consequentiality, that best explain the formation and evolution of land reform policy.
The logic of appropriateness is the core assumption within normative institutionalism. A person who acts according will be guided by norms, informal rules, and will try to act in “the appropriate way”. On the contrary, logic of consequentiality is the essential assumption within rational choice institutionalism. A person who acts accordingly will aim to fulfil a set of clear preferences using strategic calculation.

The results from my studies show that neither of these logics explains the entire process of Zimbabwean land reform, although the two approaches shed light on different phases of the institution. The logic of appropriateness - approach best explains the first and second phases of reform, 1980-1999; driven by ideas of equality and justice. Logic of consequentiality, on the other hand, best explains the violence and egoism that characterize the third phase, The Fast Track Land Reform Program (2000-). (Less)
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Gyllander, Emma LU
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STVK01 20121
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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Institution, landreform, Zimbabwe, nyinstitutionell teori, logic of appropriateness, logic of consequentiality
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Swedish
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2542770
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2012-06-27 10:45:44
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  abstract     = {Land Reform in Zimbabwe was instigated at the end of the 1970’s as an effort to ease tensions and more equitably distribute wealth and power between the disenfranchised black population and their white colonial rulers. In this thesis I examine Zimbabwean land reform from a new institutional perspective. More specifically, I examine which of the two institutional logics, logic of appropriateness and logic of consequentiality, that best explain the formation and evolution of land reform policy.
The logic of appropriateness is the core assumption within normative institutionalism. A person who acts according will be guided by norms, informal rules, and will try to act in “the appropriate way”. On the contrary, logic of consequentiality is the essential assumption within rational choice institutionalism. A person who acts accordingly will aim to fulfil a set of clear preferences using strategic calculation.

The results from my studies show that neither of these logics explains the entire process of Zimbabwean land reform, although the two approaches shed light on different phases of the institution. The logic of appropriateness - approach best explains the first and second phases of reform, 1980-1999; driven by ideas of equality and justice. Logic of consequentiality, on the other hand, best explains the violence and egoism that characterize the third phase, The Fast Track Land Reform Program (2000-).},
  author       = {Gyllander, Emma},
  keyword      = {Institution,landreform,Zimbabwe,nyinstitutionell teori,logic of appropriateness,logic of consequentiality},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Kampen om jord: om institutioner, rationella val och viljan att göra rätt i landreformens Zimbabwe},
  year         = {2012},
}