The Colorado Doctrine: Water Rights, Corporations, and Distributive Justice on the American Frontier (Yale Law Library Series in Legal History and Ref

The Colorado Doctrine: Water Rights, Corporations, and Distributive Justice on the American Frontier (Yale Law Library Series in Legal History and Ref

By: David Schorr (author)Hardback

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Making extensive use of archival and other primary sources, David Schorr demonstrates that the development of the "appropriation doctrine," a system of private rights in water, was part of a radical attack on monopoly and corporate power in the arid West. Schorr describes how Colorado miners, irrigators, lawmakers, and judges forged a system of private property in water based on a desire to spread property and its benefits as widely as possible among independent citizens. He demonstrates that ownership was not dictated by concerns for economic efficiency, but by a regard for social justice.

About Author

David Schorr is senior lecturer at Tel Aviv University, where he chairs the Law and Environment Program at the Faculty of Law.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780300134476
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 256
  • ID: 9780300134476
  • weight: 522
  • ISBN10: 0300134479

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