The Guardian of Every Other Right

The Guardian of Every Other Right : A Constitutional History of Property Rights

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This volume investigates the place of economic and property rights in the American Constitutional system. Themes examined include the link between private property and political liberty, and the extent to which the US government may interfere with private contracts and the use of property. This second edition has been revised to reflect the major legal developments in the field of property rights since the first edition appeared in 1991. Particular attention is paid to Supreme Court decisions which have enlarged the protection afforded property owners under the fifth amendment, and the increased political clout of the private property more

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  • Paperback | 220 pages
  • 138.7 x 207.8 x 16.5mm | 293.61g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 8 pp halftones
  • 0195110854
  • 9780195110852

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Praise for the previous edition"An informative and balanced account of the history of property rights protections under the Constitution."--The American Journal of Legal History"Greatly clarifies the pivotal place of private property in the American system. Through a sophisticated historical analysis, Ely illuminates two recurring issues of great importance: the constitutional limits on government regulation of property and the complex relationship between property ownership and individual liberty."--Norman Dorsen, New York University School of Law"A fine overview of property rights in the courts, which makes a good foundation for the study of present day land use planning and land use controls."--Irving Schiffman, California State University, Chicoshow more

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