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SANIN, Francisco Gutiérrez; JARAMILLO, Margarita Marín; VACA, Paola Perdomo  and  PEREZ, Diana Machuca. Scratching the Surface: Systematic Underestimation of Restitution Policy and its Sources. Estud. Socio-Juríd [online]. 2018, vol.20, n.1, pp.133-177. ISSN 0124-0579.

This work aims to evaluate the policy of restitution of five municipalities of the Atlantic coast, from the local estimate of the number of cases related to the loss of land that is performed. Through this exercise, the text raises some problems of the restitution policy, among which are identified: firstly, the weakness in the counts and the figures on the possible beneficiaries; the delays in the process of restitution at the time of initiation of the procedure and in the judicial stages; the lack of information on the restitution process; and finally, the continued alignment of despoilers with local authorities. In considering these difficulties in the restitution process, the authors highlighted the need to complement these agrarian policy efforts, along with other reforms related to access to land.

Keywords : Land dispossession; restitution; agrarian policy; local policy-makers.

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