The Guardian of Every Other Right: A Constitutional History of Property Rights - Bicentennial Essays on the Bill of Rights (Hardback)
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The Guardian of Every Other Right: A Constitutional History of Property Rights - Bicentennial Essays on the Bill of Rights (Hardback)

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Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 29/11/2007
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The Guardian of Every Other Right chronicles the pivotal role of property rights in fashioning the American constitutional order from the colonial era to the current controversies over eminent domain and land use controls. The book emphasizes the interplay of law, ideology, politics, and economic change in shaping constitutional thought and provides a historical perspective on the contemporary debate about property rights. Since publication of the original edition of this work, both academic and popular interest in the constitutional rights of property owners has markedly increased. Now in its third edition, this text has been revised to incorporate a full treatment of important judicial decisions, notable legislation, and scholarship since the second edition appeared in 1997. In particular, Ely provides helpful background and context for understanding the controversial Kelo decision relating to the exercise of eminent domain power for "public use." Covering the entire history of property rights in the United States, this new edition continues to fill a major gap in the literature of constitutional history and is an ideal text for students of legal and constitutional history.

Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
ISBN: 9780195323320
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 391 g
Dimensions: 216 x 143 x 20 mm
Edition: 3rd Revised edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
Acclaim for previous editions "An informative and balanced account of the history of property rights protections under the Constitution. * The American Journal of Legal History *
Acclaim for previous editions "This slender volume should serve well on reading lists both in introductory American history courses and in upper-division legal history or constitutional law courses. * The American Historical Review *
Acclaim for previous editions "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 *
Acclaim for previous editions "A wonderfully compact odyssey through the history of constitutional protection for property rights in this country. Tracing the winding evolution of Supreme Court decisions that affected the uses and enjoyment of property, as well as the government's attempts to regulate the same, Ely constructs a comprehensive, yet surprisingly readable examination of the issues. * The Journal of Southern History *

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