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Property Rights in Land
Issues in social, economic and global history

ISBN 9780367876067
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
222 Pages

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Book Description

Property Rights in Land widens our understanding of property rights by looking through the lenses of social history and sociology, discussing mainstream theory of new institutional economics and the derived grand narrative of economic development.  

As neo-institutional development theory has become a narrative in global history and political economy, the problem of promoting global development has arisen from creating the conditions for ‘good’ institutions to take root in the global economy and in developing societies. Written by a collection of expert authors, the chapters delve into social processes through which property relations became institutionalized and were used in social action for the appropriation of resources and rent. This was in order to gain a better understanding of the social processes intervening between the institutionalized ‘rules of the game’ and their economic and social outcomes.

This collection of essays is of great interest to those who study economic history, historical sociology and economic sociology, as well as Agrarian and rural history.

Table of Contents

Introduction Rosa Congost, Jorge Gelman and Rui Santos

Chapter 1: Migration and Accommodation of Property Rights in the Portuguese Eastern Empire, Sixteenth – Nineteenth Centuries José Vicente Serrão and Eugénia Rodrigues


Chapter 2: Alternative Uses of Land and Re-Negotiation of Property Rights: Scandinavian Examples, 1750–2000 Mats Morell


Chapter 3: Institutional Innovations and Economic Development in Lombardy, Eighteenth – Twentieth Centuries Andrea M. Locatelli and Paolo Tedeschi


Chapter 4: The Shift to ‘Modern’ and Its Consequences: Changes in Property Rights and Land Wealth Inequality in Buenos Aires, 1839–1914 Julio Djenderedjian and Daniel Santilli


Chapter 5: Taming the Platypus: Adaptations of the Colonia Tenancy Contract to a Changing Context in Nineteenth-Century Madeira Benedita Câmara and Rui Santos


Chapter 6: Demythologizing and De-Idealizing the Commons: Ostrom’s Eight Design Principles and the Irrigation Institutions in Eastern Spain Samuel Garrido


Chapter 7: Hopes of Recovery: Struggles Over the Right to Common Lands in the Spanish Countryside, 1931–1936 Iñaki Iriarte-Goñi and José-Miguel Lana


Chapter 8: Hurdles to Reunification: Cultural Memories and Control over Property in Post-Socialist Rural East Germany Joyce E. Bromley and Axel Wolz


Chapter 9: Property Rights in Land: Institutions, Social Appropriations, and Socioeconomic Outcomes Rosa Congost, Jorge Gelman and Rui Santos

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Rosa Congost is Full Professor in economic history and researcher of the Centre for Research in Rural History at the University of Girona, Spain and ICREA Academy Researcher.

Jorge Gelman is Senior Researcher and current Chair of the Instituto Ravignani, Universidad de Buenos Aires/CONICET, and Full Professor in history at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Rui Santos is Associate Professor in sociology and researcher at CICS.Nova and IHC at the Nova University of Lisbon, FCSH/Nova, Portugal.