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

James W. Ely


This book chronicles the pivotal role of property rights in fashioning the U.S. constitutional order from the colonial era to the current controversies over eminent domain and land use controls. It 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 bee ... More

Keywords: property rights, U.S. constitutional order, land use controls, constitutional rights, judicial decisions, legislation, Kelo decision, public use

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195323337
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195323337.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James W. Ely, author
Vanderbilt University