I wish to thank the anonymous reviewers, as well as Wendy Wolford, Sara Keene and Yves-Pol Hémonin for their valuable comments and for the time and patience they devoted to the early versions of this manuscript.
State Involvement, Land Grabbing and Counter-Insurgency in Colombia
Version of Record online: 15 MAR 2013
© 2013 International Institute of Social Studies
Development and Change
Special Issue: Governing the Global Land Grab: The Role of the State in the Rush for Land
Volume 44, Issue 2, pages 211–232, March 2013
How to Cite
Grajales, J. (2013), State Involvement, Land Grabbing and Counter-Insurgency in Colombia. Development and Change, 44: 211–232. doi: 10.1111/dech.12019
- Issue online: 15 MAR 2013
- Version of Record online: 15 MAR 2013
This article examines the linkages between organized armed violence, land grabbing and the Colombian state, where paramilitary groups are key actors in recent large-scale land transfers. The author argues that institutional and violent mechanisms of land grabbing must be understood as historical processes of state formation and market reconfiguration. As such, crime and violence are not considered as extraneous factors, separated from political institutions and the market; they are instead analysed as constitutive components of political competition, accumulation and economic development. This article provides an analysis of these processes through an examination of agribusiness-related land grabs in the Lower Atrato Valley in northwestern Colombia, illuminating the relations between private counter-insurgent violence, criminal networks and state incentives to agribusiness.