Thursday, August 25, 2011

Harvard University Press & Property

Daniel Solove highlights a few new releases from Harvard University Press that should be of interest to Property Profs:

1.  Stuart Banner, American Property: A History of How, Why, and What We Own.  Banner examines the history of property in the United States and concludes that "property exists to serve a broad set of purposes, constantly in flux, that render the idea of property itself inconstant. Despite our ideals of ownership, property has always been a means toward other ends. What property signifies and what property is, we come to see, has consistently changed to match the world we want to acquire."

2. Richard A. Epstein, Design for Liberty: Private Property, Public Administration, and the Rule of Law.  Epstein aruges that we urgently need a smaller federal government.  He "bases his classical liberalism on the twin pillars of the rule of law and of private contracts and property rights—an overarching structure that allows private property to keep its form regardless of changes in population, tastes, technology, and wealth."

3.  Hendrik Hartog, Someday All This Will Be Yours: A History of Inheritance and Old Age.  Hartog tells the story of how the elderly used promises of inheritance to keep children at their side and ensure their care.

Steve Clowney

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