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Sustainable Development in Asia, America and Europe with Global Applications
A New Approach to Land Ownership
Challenging Nobel economics laureate Theodore W. Schultz, Dr Zhou, in this comparative and path-breaking work, presents a new model for private land ownership or possession to overcome inefficient land-holding, increase farm competitiveness, realize food self-sufficiency and eliminate poverty. He aims to consolidate and enlarge fragmented small farms persisting in Asia, the Pacific, Africa, Latin America, and Central, Eastern and Southern Europe; and to help preserve small farmers, while strengthening large farmers, in the USA, OECD and EU. He introduces the means to facilitate the transition of collectively operated large farms in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia; promote EU enlargement; to prevent food overproduction; and to improve the environment. He also analyzes China's experience with public land ownership and makes important contributions to both new institutional economics and evolutionary political economy.
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`The author of this path-breaking book presents an analysis of models of rural development that have proven to be more or less successful. Furthermore, he also elaborates a new model which he believes will be able to overcome the final remaining obstacle preventing sustainable agriculture and rural development in monsoon Asia and other countries. . . The book is full of in-depth observations and analyses. . . It is one of the most important contributions in our time to land-tenure literature and a must for all those working in the field.' -- Frithjof Kuhnen, Quarterly Journal of International Agriculture `This book consists of outstanding analyses and a series of original and ingenious policy proposals of general interests. By integrating land ownership into sustainable rural development, Dr Zhou brought a refreshing new perspective to the topic. Some of the discussions have already been published, but this book gives an overall and complete picture of the author's work.' -- Andrea Elekes, Acta Oeconomica `The accumulation of processes associated with the sudden collapse of the command economies, the restitution of former property rights, the Uruguay Round agreements on elimination of direct subsidies to agriculture, coupled with the demands of a yet to be defined "globalizing economy" have made it necessary for us to rethink the very foundations of agrarian society. The very concepts of rural space are becoming more difficult to define as the world now becomes increasingly urbanized and urban values oriented. Our current estimate of a world population of 8.9 billion in 2050 will place incredible demands on agricultural development in a world where there are no new frontiers of untapped good soils and water. Yet, in spite of our awareness of the synergistic relationship between these trends, there has been surprisingly little thought given to how rural space is to be used. Fortunately, Dr Zhou has not only made an important contribution to filling this gap, but has brought a refreshing new perspective to the topic. In this, his work is most timely and will undoubtedly find its way to the desktop of all development planners and concerned public.' -- James C. Riddell, The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations `Dr Zhou develops a theoretical analysis and a series of original and ingenious policy proposals of general interest. His book, relevant to a variety of countries including many transition economies, should be of great interest to development specialists and government advisors.' -- Domenico Mario Nuti, University of Rome `La Sapienza', Italy and London Business School, UK `This is the best book on a third way between the command economy and free market system.' -- Stuart Holland, Advisor to the (Portugese) Presidency of the European Council