Contemporary China’s rural landownership with reference to Antony M. Honoré’s concept of ownership

Meng, G. (2016) Contemporary China’s rural landownership with reference to Antony M. Honoré’s concept of ownership. Journal of Economic Issues, 50(3), pp. 667-694. (doi:10.1080/00213624.2016.1210377)

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Abstract

This article analyses the property rights that Chinese peasants have under the present Household Responsibility System (HRS) using Antony M. Honoré’s work on ownership, especially his analysis of eleven standard incidents of the full liberal concept of ownership. It confirms Honoré’s insight that these standard incidents can be divided among two or more persons, and thus there are different types of property rights which are variants and alternatives to the liberal type of property rights. This article also confirms that the Chinese land system is a real alternative to the full liberal concept of ownership. The current Chinese land system is alleged to be “unclear and insecure” because it is not the kind of private ownership that neoliberals champion. In the tradition of the “bundle of rights” theory, it is helpful to use Honoré’s concept of ownership, rather than Harold Demsetz’s type of property rights, to understand the current Chinese system.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Meng, Gaofeng
Authors: Meng, G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:Journal of Economic Issues
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0021-3624
ISSN (Online):1946-326X
Published Online:11 August 2016

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