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Land for the People


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Anton Lucas is an adjunct associate professor in the School of International Studies at Flinders University of South Australia. He is the author One Soul One Struggle: Region and Revolution in Indonesia, and editor of Radikalisme Lokal.

Carol Warren is a Fellow of the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University, Australia. Her publications include Adat and Dinas: Balinese Communities in the Indonesian State, and, as coeditor with John F. McCarthy, Community, Environment and Local Governance in Indonesia.


"The book promises to put agrarian studies, and land reform in particular, back on the social science agenda for Indonesia area specialists.... This will be the major reference on this topic for a considerable time to come."
- Gerry van Klinken, Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies
"...(Land for the People) is essential reading for anyone interested in the land, the environment, and agrarian livelihood in Indonesia...this book is second to none in its field. It's importance, however, goes beyond Indonesia in an era where global forces present new pressures for those trying to retain access to land...for achieving social justice.'
- Aseusuk News
"The book sets out to show the experience of the Indonesian people with [the Basic Agrarian Law] and its implementation over decades, but ultimately achieves something greater-the book shows through its cases how governments may lose legitimacy by ignoring the public's need for sustenance, opportunity and hope. ...This is an intensely interesting read for those curious about a telling aspect of Indonesian political/legal history, where it intersects agrarian policy and land tenure issues."
-International Journal of Rural Management
"Land For the People is an illuminating collection that deals with an expansive subject. ... Above all, [it] reminds us of the centrality of land issues in developing countries generally-where the majority lives from the land-and of the unfortunate history of Southeast Asian countries' failure to grapple effectively with land policy." -Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies

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