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Reflections on Private Property, Planning, and State Power

Planning & Environmental Law, Vol. 61, No. 1, pp. 3-11, January 2009

George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 09-02

10 Pages Posted: 9 Jan 2009  

Steven J. Eagle

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty

Date Written: January 8, 2009

Abstract

This essay, in a journal for professional planners and planning lawyers, proposes that the debate between advocates of private property rights and of expansive government regulation of land use be tempered by recognition that the U.S. Supreme Court's takings jurisprudence has not always been as partisan as often portrayed. The essay discusses land use regulation and the appropriate role of planners, in light of information costs and rent seeking. It discusses the difficulties in fine tuning land use through municipal industrial policy and in providing meaningful post-Kelo scrutiny to municipal condemnations for economic development. The essay concludes by suggesting that, under these circumstances, local regulation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is not auspicious.

Keywords: Brennan, climate change, condemnation, eminent domain, information problems, land use planning, Mandelker, municipal industrial policy, nirvana fallacy, police power hawks, private property, property rights, Penn Central, Progressive Era, public choice, regulatory takings, San Diego Gas & Electric

JEL Classification: K11, K32, Q24, Q58, R52

Suggested Citation

Eagle, Steven J., Reflections on Private Property, Planning, and State Power (January 8, 2009). George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 09-02; George Mason Law & Economics Research Paper No. 09-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1325008

Steven J. Eagle (Contact Author)

George Mason University - Antonin Scalia Law School, Faculty ( email )

3301 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
United States

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