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Peace, Land, and Bureaucracy in Colombia: An Analysis of the Implementation of the Victims and Land Restitution Law from a Multiscale Perspective of State Bureaucracies

Universidad ICESI, Calle 18 No. 122-135, Cali 760035, Colombia
Land 2020, 9(6), 181; https://doi.org/10.3390/land9060181
Received: 28 January 2020 / Revised: 22 May 2020 / Accepted: 26 May 2020 / Published: 1 June 2020
This article presents an analysis of the complexities implied by the implementation of the Colombian land restitution policy, as an example of the way in which the state works in its day-to-day practice. The document highlights the role played by the bureaucracy of “land” in the management of the so-called post-conflict setting. It is constructive in showing the multiscale nature of the state, whose operation cannot be understood outside the various levels and scales that compose it. This conception is very well exemplified by the typology of the bureaucracies to which it resorts in order to explain the different meanings of notions, such as “conflict,” “land” or “victim,” for the public officials according to the position they fill in the institutional architecture of restitution. By analyzing the research findings, the author reveals that it is emotional, rather than material, benefits that condense the state’s role in the Colombian post-conflict period. View Full-Text
Keywords: indicators; land; bureaucracy; land restitution law; victims indicators; land; bureaucracy; land restitution law; victims
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Buchely, L. Peace, Land, and Bureaucracy in Colombia: An Analysis of the Implementation of the Victims and Land Restitution Law from a Multiscale Perspective of State Bureaucracies. Land 2020, 9, 181.

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