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Contra el tigre suelto: understanding the options available to landowners who contest expropriation in Costa Rica

Modic, Blaire (2022) Contra el tigre suelto: understanding the options available to landowners who contest expropriation in Costa Rica. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Property owners who face expropriation must decide whether to contest the taking of their property by the state. Theory holds that judicial review is the most important constraint on the executive’s expropriation power. This qualitative study advances our practical understanding of this constraint by illuminating the highly subjective considerations that landowners must weigh when deciding whether to contest expropriation in Costa Rica. Informality in the judicial system offers some relief to property owners, but reforms have made informal institutions less inclusive. In the context of expropriation for infrastructure development, issues of administrative capacity and judicial corruption mix with factors such as the availability of public finance to make property rights less secure.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Modic, Blairebcm66@pitt.edubcm66
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMurtazashvili,
Committee MemberMurtazashvili,
Committee MemberArmony,
Committee MemberRoman,
Date: 26 January 2022
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 23 November 2021
Approval Date: 26 January 2022
Submission Date: 14 December 2021
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 102
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public and International Affairs > Public and International Affairs
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Costa Rica, expropriation, judicial corruption, informal law
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2022 14:28
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2022 14:28


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