The Political Preconditions for Middle Range Land Reform in India

  • Susanne Hoeber Rudolph


Policy analysts and students of agrarian structures have often addressed the question: what are the preconditions for land reform? What political contexts are likely to favor effective change? Can we specify favorable and unfavorable political conditions, and can we assess the prospects of their appearance? We address the question in the context of our understanding of land reform on the Indian sub-continent in the last two decades.


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    For a similar position, see P.C. Joshi, Land Reform in India and Perspectives, Allied Publishers, Bombay, 1974.Google Scholar
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    See A.M. Khusro, An Analysis of Agricultural Land in India by Size of Holding and Tenure, Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, 1964.Google Scholar
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