MPA Major Research Papers

Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Research Paper

Degree Name

Master of Public Administration


Political Science


Sancton, Andrew

Geographical Areas

China, Canada


This paper examines the expropriation of peasant land in China and land expropriation in Canada in an effort to determine the lessons that China can learn from Canada’s experience. It provides a case study of land ownership in each country to analyze the expropriation system that is in place, as well as the procedures that are taken throughout the process. The findings reveal the following recommendations for China based on Canada’s experience: design the contents of the franchise contract clearly and protect the right of peasants to participate in the land expropriation process; clarify the purpose of expropriation; raise the compensation standards for peasants and improve the compensation mechanism; establish a sound social security system for landless peasants; and clarify the procedures of land expropriation.