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The Constitution and the Public Trust

Robert G. Natelson

The Independence Institute; Montana Policy Institute


Buffalo Law Review Vol. 52, No. 1077, p. 1082, 2004

The American Founders adopted a fiduciary theory of government --- that is, they believed that public officials should comply with norms of behavior at least as demanding as those imposed on private trustees and other fiduciaries. To the extent possible, they incorporated that theory into the U.S. Constitution. Fiduciary theory is, therefore, an important aid to constitutional interpretation

Number of Pages in PDF File: 102

Keywords: Constitution, public trust, fiduciary, founding, founders, political theory

JEL Classification: K1, K10, K19

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Date posted: January 4, 2012  

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Natelson, Robert G., The Constitution and the Public Trust (2004). Buffalo Law Review Vol. 52, No. 1077, p. 1082, 2004. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1978999

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Robert G. Natelson (Contact Author)
The Independence Institute ( email )
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Montana Policy Institute ( email )
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