Property Rights in Contemporary Governance

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 Examines how our diverse understandings of property impact real-world governing strategies.
Property is a concept that is seemingly simple to understand yet continually evolving in the face of cultural change and technological advance. Property Rights in Contemporary Governance examines the many meanings of property, how they have changed over time, and the roles they play in policy, society, and law. With its deeply interdisciplinary approach, the book offers perspectives from economics, environmental studies, history, law, philosophy, public administration, and public policy. The contributors discuss such topics as the origin of the corporation, the role of the takings law, the development of legal protections for financial instruments in nineteenth-century France, the impact of climate change, the shifts in philosophical conceptions of property required by advances in intellectual property rights, and the influence of new technologies, including drones. This is a comprehensive and thoughtful exploration of how our diverse understandings of property impact real-world governing strategies.

“This book is unique in the field of property theory. First, its essays are rooted in the perspectives of many different fields. Second, the areas that it covers and the vast majority of its content are highly original. While the idea that property and governance are intimately connected is not original, the contributions that the book makes to that idea definitely are. It was fascinating and very useful reading.” — Laura S. Underkuffler, author of The Idea of Property: Its Meaning and Power
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About the author

 Staci M. Zavattaro is Associate Professor of Public Administration at the University of Central Florida. Her books include Cities for Sale: Municipalities as Public Relations and Marketing Firms,also published by SUNY Press.Gregory R. Peterson is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at South Dakota State University. He is the author of Minding God: Theology and the Cognitive SciencesAnn E. Davis is Associate Professor of Economics at Marist College. She is the author of Money as a Social Institution: The Institutional Development of Capitalism and The Evolution of the Property Relation: Understanding Paradigms, Debates, and Prospects.

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SUNY Press
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Published on
Feb 1, 2019
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Law / Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice
Law / Land Use
Law / Property
Law / Real Estate
Political Science / Public Policy / General
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Table of Contents of the 5th Edition

The Real Estate Business

Rights in Real Estate

Interests and Estates


Encumbrances and Liens

Transferring and Recording 

Title to Real Estate

Real Estate Leases

Land Use Planning and Control

Legal Descriptions

Real Estate Contract Law


Listing Agreements

The Brokerage Business

Contracts for the Sale of Real Estate

Real Estate Market Economics

Appraising and Estimating Market Value

Real Estate Finance

Real Estate Investment

Real Estate Taxation

Ethics: Laws and Practices


Real Estate Licensing and Regulation

Risk Management

Property Management

Real Estate Mathematics and Formulas

Glossary of Residential Style and Construction Terms

Glossary of General Real Estate Terms


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