The Political Economy of Land Acquisition in India

How a Village Stops Being One

  • Dhanmanjiri Sathe

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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About this book


This book examines key issues concerning land acquisition, and puts forward policy suggestions. Land acquisition is one of the most important issues besetting India’s political economy today. There have been many conflicts surrounding acquisitions; but there have been ample peaceful acquisitions, too. Growth in any economy requires more land.  Hence in India too, in the future more and more land will be required for the purposes of infrastructure expansion, industrialization, urbanization etc.

The book also examines a number of broader policy issues in the context of land reforms and shows how a successful resolution of the land acquisition matter is vital to attaining a high rate of growth. Using a case study method, the book examines the process of land acquisition in detail and its implications for farmers. It finds that the development of acquired land leads to higher growth and higher employment; and it also leads to improvements for the dalits (the backward class people). Benefits in terms of higher revenues for the government are also observed. It argues that, if the acquisition process is properly executed, those farmers who lose land will not oppose acquisition but will instead become partners in the process of growth.


Land acquisition Compensation Benefits from acquisition Eminent Domain Protest movements Dalit status Political Economy

Authors and affiliations

  • Dhanmanjiri Sathe
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsSavitribai Phule Pune UniversityPuneIndia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-5325-2
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-5326-9
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