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Private Property and Public Power: Eminent Domain in Philadelphia

Debbie Becher


This book explores the legitimacy of government involvement in private economic actions by presenting a study of property takings. It explores which properties Philadelphia pursued for private redevelopment and how stakeholders decided that government actions were either a use or abuse of power. A quantitative overview of citywide practice combines originally collected data on eminent domain with City of Philadelphia and US Census data on properties and neighborhoods, showing that eminent domain has been largely uncontroversial though fairly common (approximately 7,000 properties and 400 devel ... More

Keywords: eminent domain, takings, property, Philadelphia, libertarian, sociology, private property government, private redevelopment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199322541
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199322541.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Debbie Becher, author
Barnard College, Columbia University