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Privatizing Public Lands

Scott Lehmann


In the United States, private ownership of land is not a new idea, yet the federal government retains title to roughly a quarter of the nation's land, including national parks, forests, and wildlife refuges. Managing these properties is expensive and contentious, and few management decisions escape criticism. Some observers, however, argue that such criticism is largely misdirected. The fundamental problem, in their view, is collective ownership and its solution is privatization. A free market, they claim, directs privately owned resources to their most productive uses, and privatizing publ ... More

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780195089721
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780195089721.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Scott Lehmann, author