Exploring the Systemic Causes of Land Inequality with Systems Thinking

Martha Lizette Massey-Galvis, Jorge Andrick Parra-Valencia

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This chapter looks at land inequality from a systemic perspective and explores the potential of using cooperation to address it, understanding that the effects of unequal land ownership on quality of life are mixed and that land owner-ship can have negative effects on the quality of life of the poorest. people. However, the possibility of analyzing the actors involved in the problem of inequity and the role of cooperation between governments, communities, and individuals to generate equi-table public policies and solutions tailored to the needs of vulnerable populations allows joint responsibility and accountability among local governments, commu-nities, and individuals. Similarly, cooperation allows for more comprehensive and efficient land reform initiatives and better stakeholder communication and under-standing. This understanding can lead to better bargaining and fairer and more equitable regulations, ensuring that vulnerable populations are not left behind. In conclusion, cooperation is an important tool for addressing complex issues of land inequality. Cooperation among governments, communities, and individuals is key to creating public policies and community-led solutions tailored to the specific needs of vulnerable populations. Economic interests and international initiatives remain rele-vant throughout the process. Finally, this chapter examines other relevant factors, such as economic interests and international initiatives, and emphasizes the importance of a systemic analysis to combat land inequality.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnderstanding Complex Systems
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages23
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NameUnderstanding Complex Systems
ISSN (Print)1860-0832
ISSN (Electronic)1860-0840


  • Cooperation
  • Inequality
  • Land inequality
  • Land titling
  • Land use
  • Poverty reduction
  • Public policies
  • Quality of life
  • System thinking
  • Systemic perspective
  • Unequal land ownership
  • Vulnerable populations


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