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Published: 18 September 2014

356 Pages | 17 b/w line; 32 b/w halftone


ISBN: 9780199322541

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Private Property and Public Power

Eminent Domain in Philadelphia

Debbie Becher

  • This is the first comprehensive study of the use of eminent domain for private redevelopment. Until now, there have only been studies of highly contested cases that reach the courts and the news media.
  • Proposes that there is a commonly accepted notion of private property that leads to approval for government action that has not yet been understood. This meaning of property - as investment - challenges both libertarian understandings of property as private control and left understandings of property as a source of use value or exchange value.

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