Bottom Up Law: A Lesson From Switzerland
Swiss history gives de Soto a lesson in how to build an inclusive system. Switzerland used to be one of the poorest countries in Europe. Its per capita income, in fact, was approximately the same as Peru. It was still just a loose federation of French, German, Italian, and Romish independent regions, each with its own codes and laws. But a new Swiss legal code worked from the bottom up to unify the nation.