The Review of Black Political Economy

, Volume 42, Issue 4, pp 337–354 | Cite as

Understanding Land Grabs in Africa: Insights from Marxist and Georgist Political Economics



Research on current land grabs in Africa has proliferated. Yet, little work has been done explicitly reflecting on competing frameworks for analysing the phenomenon. This paper engages two contrasting approaches, namely Marxian and Georgist, assesses their relevance, and teases out insights for recent land grab research in Africa. It warns against any attempts at combining the ‘best’ elements in each approach, but demonstrates how these different perspectives can help re-theorise ongoing research on land grabs, especially in Africa.


Land grabs Agrarian political economy Capitalism Development Africa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Built EnvironmentUniversity of Technology, SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.United Nations Research Institute for Social DevelopmentGenevaSwitzerland

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