U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to the White House on May 13, 2019. Strongmen like Orbán are increasingly gaining ground as the death knell sounds for liberal democracy.
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Liberal democracy is in trouble, and the seeds of its demise can be found in the property rights so cherished by so-called liberals generations ago.
Land reform discussions in Namibia don’t address capital or profits.
Shortcomings of Namibia's land reforms suggest that voluntary, market-based transactions might not be suitable.
In Colorado, fracking often occurs right next to where people live.
Tara O'Conner Shelley
Landowners told researchers that they lacked the knowledge, time and money to advocate for themselves, their financial interests and their property in negotiations over drilling leases.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is accused of pandering to Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini (right) and other traditional leaders.
South Africa's ruling party, the ANC , is mishandling the process leading towards land expropriation without compensation.
South African land reform debates reflect a tricky balance of power post Jacob Zuma’s rule.
South Africans can't afford to let the land debate be reduced to a shouting match.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is walking a tight on land reform.
Clarifying when and how the South African constitution allows for expropriation of land without compensation will strengthen property rights.
A member of South Africa’s Economic Freedom Fighters party with a copy of the Constitution.
South Africa's constitution has been amended 17 times already. But, the procedure for doing so is onerous.
The endangered Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep.
As attempts to water down the Endangered Species Act have accelerated, public support for the act has stayed high. Then why do politicians keep trying to weaken the act?
Many rural farmers in India lack clear ownership of the land they work and live on.
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Without secure records of property ownership, many poor people around the world have trouble improving their economic situations. Several countries are already trying blockchain-based land registries.
The latest World Bank report on South Africa identifies land reform as critical factor of addressing the country’s economic challenges.
The latest World Bank report on South Africa addresses solutions to the country's economic challenges.
An aerial view, using drones, could make a big difference to mapping land across Africa.
Creating a reliable, up to date land register is important for African countries. Drones can help collect and record the necessary data.
The authorities don’t need a conviction or even for a suspect to be charged with a crime before seizing a car, cash or even a house.
Politicians on the left and right object to this practice, which the Trump administration is championing.
Property is under threat, physically and conceptually, from climate change.
To create property systems that are as dynamic as the landscapes we occupy, we might need to start thinking about ourselves as belonging to and answerable to the land, not the other way around.
Our land-title system originated in the mid-19th century when Sir Robert Richard Torrens campaigned to reform Adelaide’s chaotic deeds-based land system.
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Sir Robert Richard Torrens – the man behind Australia’s 'Torrens system' of land-title registration – was an economic liberal who might have approved of privatising title registries.
While some councils wish to take a long-term view of what can reasonably be done in the face of sea-level rises, private property owners just want their homes protected.
Many properties are at risk from rising sea levels, with owners and councils at odds over the costs of defending these. NSW law reform may lead to more forward-looking climate change adaptation.
For many people, renting is preferable to buying, but many of Australia’s institutions don’t reflect that choice.
Australia is the world capital for property speculation. Australians play property like Monopoly: buying, selling, demolishing, rebuilding, extending, renovating, always with the promise of appreciation…
Private land disguised as public space. Even London’s City Hall is rented back from the private sector.
When a public utility is acquired by a private equity firm, there is no doubt what kind of process is underway. The take-over of provision of services and, by extension, ability to profit from them is…
Sun and wind are intangible. It’s hard to sell them. But the State can make big money if it owns fossil fuels.
While Australia aims to produce a fifth of its energy from renewable sources by 2020, non-renewable energy is still flourishing. But non-renewable energy sources such as coal and gas have a significant…
Argentina, like many other Latin American economies, could learn much from Australia’s economic resilience.
In 2009, I launched a book titled Drifting Apart: The Diverging Development Paths of Argentina and Australia, which I co-authored with Fernando Tohmé from Universidad Nacional del Sur in Argentina. We…