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The Law and Expressive Meaning of Condemning the Poor After Kelo


David A. Dana


Northwestern University - School of Law

July 2006

Northwestern Law & Econ Research Paper No. 917891
Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 917891

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The Supreme Court's decision in the Kelo case has been widely criticized, and has ignited a firestorm of reform in the states. Twenty-three state legislatures have passed reform statutes, and nineteen of these statutes have been signed into law. Reform legislation has been introduced in at least 13 other states. This Essay addresses the question of what message is sent by - what is the expressive meaning of - the Kelo-inspired reform movement. My argument is that, in substantial part, this reform movement privileges the stability of middle-class households relative to the stability of poor households, and in so doing, expresses the view that the interests and needs of poor households are relatively unimportant.

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Date posted: July 18, 2006  

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Dana, David A., The Law and Expressive Meaning of Condemning the Poor After Kelo (July 2006). Northwestern Law & Econ Research Paper No. 917891; Northwestern Public Law Research Paper No. 917891. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=917891 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.917891

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