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The law as a poverty fighting instrument: reflections on law, development and empowerment of the poor.
Brazilian International Economic and Tax Law Review (2008)
  • Omar E Garcia-Bolivar
Abstract
This essay describes the concept of legal empowerment of the poor. Through law, people can be empowered, not necessarily in terms of taking power from one group and granting it to other, but by creating the conditions and opportunities where the rights can be enforced. Empowerment is commonly defined in the literature of economic development as “the process of enhancing an individual’s or group’s capacity to make purposive choices and to transform those choices into desired actions and outcomes.” This involves strengthening the ability of actors to choose options, and the ability to structure the rules
Keywords
  • legal empowerment,
  • law of poor
Disciplines
Publication Date
Summer August 26, 2008
Citation Information
Omar E Garcia-Bolivar. "The law as a poverty fighting instrument: reflections on law, development and empowerment of the poor." Brazilian International Economic and Tax Law Review (2008)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/omar_garcia_bolivar/4/