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The Political Institution of Private Property

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Part of Theories of Institutional Design

  • Date Published: May 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521062879

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  • In this book Itai Sened provides an original analysis of the political institutions that 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" that evolves through a political process in which governments grant and protect rights in return for political and economic support.

    • A sophisticated theoretical analysis of how property and other individual rights are established
    • Argues that rights are not based on moral principles, or on market forces, but on a political process leading to a contract between government and citizens
    • A hot topic in both politics and economics, and this book uses the latest theoretical insights
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    "Examination of the origin and extent of property rights has in recent years become a major concern of economists, lawyers, political scientists, and other scholars. This slender yet well-researched and well-argued volume continues this inquiry into property interesting book." -- Choice

    "This is a very timely work. Actors in the postcommunist world are creating, altering, and redistributing property rights on a scale rarely seen. Sened provides a very useful approach to study these cases. Moreover, these cases offer the opportunity to buil on Sened's impressive work." Timothy Frye, Political Science Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521062879
    • length: 220 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 20 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of figures and tables
    Preface and acknowledgements
    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

  • Author

    Itai Sened, Tel-Aviv University

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