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Private Property in the 21st Century
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Private Property in the 21st Century

The Future of an American Ideal

9781843763277 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Harvey M. Jacobs, Professor, University of Wisconsin, Madison, US, where he holds a Joint Appointment with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and the Gaylord Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
Publication Date: 2004 ISBN: 978 1 84376 327 7 Extent: 208 pp
Private property is central to American character, culture and democracy. The founding fathers understood it as key to the liberties America was designed to foster. However, over the last 200 years what one owns has evolved; ownership is different now than for an owner 200, 100, even 50 years ago. Harvey Jacobs has brought together an interdisciplinary, politically divergent group of contributors to speculate on private property’s future.

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Private property’s form is crucial to contemporary debates in land use and environmental policy and management. For some, restrictions on private property are so severe as to threaten the very freedoms property is designed to protect. For others, the realities of life in the 21st century require property’s reshaping. The re-emergence of private property as an issue of social conflict within US policy and politics is explored in this comprehensive volume.

Private property is central to American character, culture and democracy. The founding fathers understood it as key to the liberties America was designed to foster. However, over the last 200 years what one owns has evolved; ownership is different now than for an owner 200, 100, even 50 years ago. Harvey Jacobs has brought together an interdisciplinary, politically divergent group of contributors to speculate on private property’s future.

The ownership and control of privately owned lands is critical for many fields. Scholars, students, and professionals of urban and regional planning, geography, law, natural resources, environment, real estate, and landscape architecture will all find this volume of great interest.
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Contributors: G.S. Alexander, D.W. Bromley, W.A. Fischel, H.M. Jacobs, J.S. Kayden, D.A. Krueckeberg, R.H. Nelson, A.L. Strong
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Contents: Foreword 1. Introduction: Is all that is Solid Melting into Air? Part I: Philosophical, Legal and Economic Perspectives on Property Rights 2. Property Rights: Locke, Kant, Pierce and the Logic of Volitional Pragmatism 3. Charting the Constitutional Course of Private Property: Learning from the 20th Century 4. Why are Judges so Wary of Regulatory Takings? 5. Propriety Through Commodity? Why Have Legal Environmentalists Embraced Market-based Solutions? Part II: New Realizations of Property in the 21st Century? 6. Local Government as Private Property: Towards the Post-Modern Municipality 7. Property Without Community: The (Frequent) Consequence of Tax Exemptions for Non-profit Institutions 8. Property Rights in the 21st Century: Righting Past Wrongs Part III: Private Property in the 21st Century 9. The Future of an American Ideal Index
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