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Title: The supply constraints on indigenous lands in Kuala Lumpur
Author: Omar, Ismail
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1999
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This study reviews the theoretical frameworks of the traditional models of the land development process with reference to land supply constraints. Using an institutional economics analysis framework (North, 1996), the study identifies the causes of land supply constraints and the ways in which they affect agents' decisions to supply land for development in the case study areas. The empirical work takes the form of a case study on the Malay Agriculture Settlement Reserve (MAS) areas in Kuala Lumpur. The research devises a contextual practical approach of the institutional land supply constraints with regard to formal and informal institutions (North, 1996; van der Krabben, 1995) and the way these restrict the supply of indigenous lands for developmental purposes in the case study areas. The research reveals the existence of the formal rules of restriction in interest of indigenous land rights, valuation principles for compensation to landowners, lengthy planning and development requirements and, informal agents' collective attitudes such as landowners' expectation of higher land price in the future, multiple landownership, preservation of land rights and own occupation restrict the transfer of indigenous lands in MAS areas for development purposes. Moreover, the way agents respond to formal and informal rules is through the exercise of their agency relations which determine and, hence, restrict the supply of land for redevelopment in MAS areas. The research revealed the difficulty to separate policy from agents' attitudes and agency relations. Landowners' attitudes, for example, are the direct consequences of formal land policy which form informal constraints affecting the release of land for development. However, the research shows that institutional economics analysis provides insights into the nature of various formal and informal constraints which affect the supply of land for development in the case study areas. Therefore, redevelopment of MAS areas requires a range of possible institutional solutions and should be implemented in an integrated way.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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