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Jacob Kopas (Political Science), “Legitimizing the State or a Grievance? Property Rights and Political Engagement”

November 14, 2017
4:00-5:00 PM: Presentation 5:00-6:00 PM: Reception & Food


Lindsay Rogers Room (Room 707) 7th Floor International Affairs Building

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Summary: “Property rights and the protection of property are fundamental to modern political theory. Struggles over rural land have sparked revolutions and political movements all over the world. But without the backing of the State and strong institutions, is a property right anything more than a worthless scrap of parchment? This presentation will discuss the symbolic power of legal property rights to change political attitudes and behavior. We will examine evidence from statistical analysis and in person interviews on Peru’s massive, rural land titling programs from 1996-2007 which granted nearly 2 million land titles to Peruvian farmers.”


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