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The mirage of capital: neoliberalism and the rule of law

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dc.contributor.author Dawson, Christopher
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-31T15:50:03Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-31T15:50:03Z
dc.date.copyright 2009 en
dc.date.issued 2009-08-31T15:50:03Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/1692
dc.description.abstract The rise of neoliberalism in the 1970s played an important role in renewing interest in the role which the rule of law could have in fostering free markets and economic growth in the developing world. One prominent participant in this neoliberal movement, which might be termed the Project for Markets, was Hernando de Soto, a Peruvian businessman who championed the extension of formal property rights as a solution to the developing world’s ills. In so doing de Soto became an international celebrity venerated by global leaders who welcomed a straight-forward free market solution to complex developmental issues. This thesis explores how de Soto’s work on property formalization in the last three decades both reflected the core assumptions of the Project for Markets as well as many of its short-comings. To do this I will rely on a case study of Cairo, a city central to de Soto’s work, to argue that de Soto ignores both the variable ways in which property rights can function “on the ground” as well as the extent to which there is rarely a technical “quick-fix” for serious problems in a nation’s political economy. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject Rule of law en
dc.subject Egypt en
dc.subject Neoliberalism en
dc.subject Hernando de Soto en
dc.subject Informality en
dc.subject Informal Housing en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::History::History, Modern en
dc.title The mirage of capital: neoliberalism and the rule of law en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Bunton, Martin P.
dc.degree.department Dept. of History en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en


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