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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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Introduction

Introduction

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Protection Amid Chaos
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Nadya Hajj

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231180627.003.0001

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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