The course will be based on key reading materials provided by the lecturer. Four books of reading materials will be provided: Book 1 on the theory of land law and economic development; Book 2 on Indonesia and Malaysia; Book 3 on Cambodia and East Timor; and Book 4 on Vietnam and China.
Further reading materials are listed in the course outline
Assessment for the course will consist of a 100 % assignment (4000 words). A detailed statement on assessment will be uploaded on IVLE.
Week 1: Introduction to course. Overview of theories of land law, property rights and economic development.
Week 2: Discussion of Book 1 readings on land law and economic development.
Weeks 3-5: Discussion of Book II readings on Indonesia and Malaysia.
Week 6-7: Discussion of Book III readings on Cambodia and East Timor
Week 8-10: Discussion of Book IV readings on Vietnam and China.
Week 11: Wrap-Up
Lecture Outline: Book I
Land Law and Economic Development: Overview (Weeks 1-2)
At the completion of this part of the course, students should have developed a close understanding of:
· The theoretical relationship between land law, property rights and economic development, particularly in institutional and economic terms.
· The development of open access, tenure insecurity and resource conflicts in Southeast Asia and China.
Further Readings on Land Law and Economic Development
Douglass C. North & Barry R. Weingast, "Constitutions and Commitment: The Evolution of Institutions Governing Public Choice in Seventeenth-Century Britain" (1989) 4 Journal of Economic History 803
Stephen Knack & Philip Keefer, "Institutions and Economic Performance: Cross-Country Tests Using Alternative Institutional Measures" (1995) 7 Economics & Politics 207
Rafael La Porta et al., "Legal Determinants of External Finance" (1997) 52 Journal of Finance 1131
Barry R. Weingast, "Constitutions As Governance Structures: The Political Foundations of Secure Markets" (1993) 149 Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics 286. Daron Acemoglu, Simon Johnson & James A. Robinson, "The Colonial Origins of Comparative Development: An Empirical Investigation" (2001) 91 American Economic Review 1369.
Albert Chen, "Rational Law, Economic Development and the Case of China" (1999) 8 Social & Legal Studies 97.
© Daniel Fitzpatrick January 2008.