Property: Mainstream and Critical Positions

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The legitimate role of the state in relation to property and the justification of property institutions of various kinds are matters of increasing concern in the modern world. Political and social theorists, jurists, economists, and historians have taken positions for and against the property institutions upheld in their time by the state, and further dehate seems inevitable. This book brings together ten classic statements which set out the main arguments that are now appealed ...

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The legitimate role of the state in relation to property and the justification of property institutions of various kinds are matters of increasing concern in the modern world. Political and social theorists, jurists, economists, and historians have taken positions for and against the property institutions upheld in their time by the state, and further dehate seems inevitable. This book brings together ten classic statements which set out the main arguments that are now appealed to and places them in historical and critical perspective.

The extracts presented here—all substantial - are from Loeke, Rousseau, Bentham, Marx, Mill, Green, Veblen, Tawney, Morris Cohen, and Charles Reich. A note hy the editor at the head of each extract highlights the arguments in it and relates it to the time at which it was written. Professor Macpherson's introductory and concluding essays expose the roots of some common misconceptions of property, identify current changes in the concept of property, and predict future changes. Macpherson argues that a specific change in the concept (which now appears possible) is needed to rescue liberal democracy from its present impasse.

Property is both a valuable text on a crucial topic in political and social theory and a significant contribution to the continuing debate

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  • ISBN-13: 9780802023056
  • Publisher: University of Toronto Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/1978
  • Series: Controversy Ser.
  • Pages: 216

Table of Contents

  1. The Meaning of Property
  2. JOHN LOCKE - Of Property
  3. JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU - The Origin of Inequality
  4. JEREMY BENTHAM - Security and Equality of Property
  5. KARL MARX - Bourgeois Property and Capitalist Accumulation
  6. JOHN STUART MILL - Of Property
  7. THOMAS HILL GREEN - The Right of the State in Regard to Property
  8. THORSTEIN VEBLEN - The Natural Right of Investment
  9. R.H. TAWNEY - Property and Creative Work
  10. MORRIS COHEN - Property and Sovereignity
  11. CHARLES A. REICH - The New Property
  12. Liberal-Democracy and Property
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