This paper examines the evidence on the causal relationship between the legal security of property rights and social and political empowerment. The focus for this paper is on the claim that the legal security of property rights (as individual rights) advances the prospects of property holders to engage more effectively with their social and political environment, and to access decision-making better. Research questions addressed whether the evidence holds that the legal security of property rights are more important than other rights in advancing social and economic outcomes, including where they may conflict with communal property rights. The evidence regarding the impact of property rights for women’s social and political empowerment was also considered.
Domingo, P. Property Rights and Development: Property Rights and Social, Political and Economic Empowerment. Overseas Development Institute (ODI), London, UK (2013) ii + 26 pp.