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AVILA QUIJAS, Aquiles Omar. Property Rights in Nineteenth Century Antigua Guatemala: Liberal Values in the Institutions of the Old Regime. Rev. pueblos front. digit. [online]. 2017, vol.12, n.24, pp.43-66. ISSN 1870-4115.

This article approaches how property rights were shaped in the city of Antigua Guatemala, based on the hypothesis that this municipality had a government that upheld liberal values within an organic framework of the Old Regime. It also studies how the population’s informal land tenure practices were institutionalized through lobbying, thus providing an advantage over the set of rational stakeholders that were developing in that town. This piece of research is based on the collection of documents contained in the Historical Archives of Antigua Guatemala City, cross-referencing the set of patterns identified in this collection with a theoretical formulation proposed by Elinor Ostrom about governing the commons. The article notes that for the sake of keeping control over the land, local government indirectly promoted practices associated with economic liberalism, from which both in its discourse and actions it was attempting to flee. This led to a smooth process of perfecting the property system without any apparent conflicts.

Palabras llave : emphyteusis; governing the commons; land; laudemium; sub-emphyteusis; perfect property.

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