Agrarian Studies

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AGRS 115


I. Political Economy and Agrarian Change

A. Conceptual Framework for analyzing the agrarian situation

Political economy


A branch of the social sciences that takes as its principal subject of study the interrelationships between political and economic institutions and processes. That is, political economists are interested in analyzing and explaining the ways in which various sorts of government affect the allocation of scarce resources in society through their laws and policies as well as the ways in which the nature of the economic system and the behavior of people acting on their economic interests affects the form of government and the kinds of laws and policies that get made.



1: of or relating to fields or lands or their tenure

2 a : of, relating to, or characteristic of farmers or their way of life <agrarian values> b : organized or designed to promote agricultural interests


1. Relating to or concerning the land and its ownership, cultivation, and tenure.

2. a. Relating to agricultural or rural matters.

B. Elements of agrarian structure

Agrarian Structure


Agrarian Structure takes into account every conducive factor that is responsible for the sustained growth in the agricultural sector. Agrarian structure involves the social, economic and technical elements that affect production in the agricultural sector. These factors are used to measure the productivity level of farmers, the distribution of their income and the social position of the rural population. The Agrarian structure also includes the process of land management and land tenure system.

Economic Agrarian Structure...