This paper considers the relationship between the historical emergence of colonial forestry institutions in forest areas of Andhra Pradesh and the chronic poverty of people living there. It examines the processes of rights deprivations, applying concepts of critical junctures when institutional change occurred, and 'path dependency' when the consequences of institutional reforms gradually and cumulatively unfolded. The paper examines in detail somewhat arcane aspects of the processes through which the state 'territorialisation' of forest hinterlands occurred in AP, at the expense of the predominantly tribal populations already resident there.
Discussion Paper Series, Research Programme Consortium for Improving Institutions for Pro-Poor Growth, Manchester, UK, No. 42, 34 pp.