Understanding the Fragmented Global Governance on Land Grabbing - a discursive institutionalist analysis

University essay from Lunds universitet/Statsvetenskapliga institutionen; Lunds universitet/Master of Science in Global Studies; Lunds universitet/Graduate School

Abstract: Land grabbing has rapidly become an important issue in global governance. The recent interlinked crises on food, fuel, climate, and finance have increased the importance of land governance on the global level, and created a complex and fragmented global land governance architecture that involves international institutions, country groups, private actors, NGOs, and international peasant organizations. The aim of this thesis is to create a deeper understanding of this fragmented architecture by identifying the key institutions and relating them to the underlying discourses and coalitions within the architecture. An innovative discursive-institutionalist perspective will be used to analyse the increasingly fragmented architecture, and to provide new insights into the causes and implications of this complex issue area. In addition, critical theory by Cox will be used to further understand the observed fragmentation. Ultimately it will be argued that the conflictive fragmentation within the global land governance architecture reflects a considerable level of discursive contestation in this issue area.

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