- Publisher: Cambridge University Press
- Online publication date: August 2021
- Print publication year: 2021
- Online ISBN: 9781108642217
- DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108642217
Although today's richest countries tend to have long histories of secure private property rights, legal-titling projects do little to improve the economic and political well-being of those in the developing world. This book employs a historical narrative based on secondary literature, fieldwork across thirty villages, and a nationally representative survey to explore how private property institutions develop, how they are maintained, and their relationship to the state and state-building within the context of Afghanistan. In this predominantly rural society, citizens cannot rely on the state to enforce their claims to ownership. Instead, they rely on community-based land registration, which has a long and stable history and is often more effective at protecting private property rights than state registration. In addition to contributing significantly to the literature on Afghanistan, this book makes a valuable contribution to the literature on property rights and state governance from the new institutional economics perspective.
Christopher Coyne - Professor of Economics, George Mason University
Jared Rubin - author of Rulers, Religion, and Riches: Why the West Got Rich and the Middle East Did Not
David Skarbek Source: Brown University
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