The Political Institution of Private Property

The Political Institution of Private Property

by Itai Sened

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Overview

In this book Itai Sened provides an original analysis of the political institutions which protect property and individual rights. He argues that the origin of these rights resides in political institutions, and not in any set of moral principles. Individual rights are said to derive from a 'social contract' the evolves through a political process in which governments grant and protect rights in return for political and economic support.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521062879
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/15/2008
Series: Theories of Institutional Design Series
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures and tables; Preface and acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Classical theories of the origin of rights: the social contract; 2. Neo-classical theories of the origin of property rights: non-strategic individuals in a world without politics; 3. A game theoretic approach: contemporary theory of institutions; 4. A neo-liberal theory of the state: the role of government in the evolution of property rights; 5. A neo-liberal theory of the social contract: the role of autonomous individuals in the evolution of property rights; 6. Political entrepreneurs: the linkage between autonomous individuals and central agents; 7. A case study: the grant of private property rights in air slots; Conclusion: the political origin of human rights; References; Index.

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