December 19, 2011
Davidson on Pro-Development Norms in Property Law
Nestor Davidson (Fordham) has posted Sketches for a Hamiltonian Vernacular as a Social Function of Property (Fordham Law Review) on SSRN. Here's the abstract:
This symposium article examines the intersection between Léon Duguit’s concept of the social function of property, predicated on an affirmative duty on owners to put their property to productive use for the sake of social solidarity, and a tradition in the property law of the United States that similarly reflected this kind of pro-development norm. The article associates the impulse to associate ownership with a productivity oriented social function with certain Hamiltonian themes at the founding and in the early nineteenth-century salus populi tradition, and argues that the imperative remains a background norm in the United States that contrasts with classical liberal absolutism and certain strains of civic republican property norms.
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