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Protection Amid ChaosThe Creation of Property Rights in Palestinian Refugee Camps$
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Nadya Hajj

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231180627

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231180627.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Protection Amid Chaos

Nadya Hajj

Columbia University Press

Property rights are not supposed to exist in Palestinian refugee camps. At least the existing scholarly record does not predict their presence. After all, why would a marginalized community living in uncertain political economic conditions go to all the trouble and effort of crafting institutions that lay claim to assets in a refugee camp? Yet a routine interview with a Palestinian refugee led to the discovery of formal legal titles inside refugee camps strewn across Lebanon and Jordan. The discovery triggered a new understanding of the potential for institutional innovation and evolution in transitional political landscapes, places that lack a stable sovereign state with the legal jurisdiction to define and enforce institutions....

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