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Meng, Gaofeng (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.

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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: Journal Article
Keywords: eleven ingredients of ownership, Household Responsibility System, split ownership
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > School of Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
H Social Sciences
J Political Science
K Law
S Agriculture
ISSN: 00213624
Copyright Statement: ©2016, Journal of Economic Issues / Association for Evolutionary Economics. This is the version of the article accepted for publication in Journal of Economic Issues, 50 (3), 2016, pp. 667-694, published by Taylor and Francis, Re-use is subject to the publisher’s terms and conditions
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Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2022 14:59

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