While foreign land ownership has become a post-Cold War security concern for East-Central Europe, it has been neglected in security studies focused on more traditional topics. This article offers a comparative analysis of: (1) the post-1989 development of policy towards land sales to non-citizens, (2) why foreign land ownership has been the most controversial in Hungary and especially Poland, and (3) why foreign ownership can be a useful tool for nationalists. Mining the land issue ultimately strikes a deeper tension between foreign-driven pressures to liberalize land markets within a pan-European free market and the still-strong belief that states should control land sales for the good of the nation.
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Research Article| June 01 2004
East-Central Europe’s new security concern: foreign land ownership
Lynn M. Tesser
Lynn M. Tesser *
Department of Political Science, Loyola University Chicago, 6525 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60626, USA
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Communist and Post-Communist Studies (2004) 37 (2): 213–239.
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Lynn M. Tesser; East-Central Europe’s new security concern: foreign land ownership. Communist and Post-Communist Studies 1 June 2004; 37 (2): 213–239. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.postcomstud.2004.03.006
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