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The Concept of Private Property and the Limits of the Environmental Imagination
Political Theory (2009)
Abstract
An absolutist concept of property has the power to shape and constrain the public imagination. Libertarian theorists normatively embrace this concept. Yet its influence extends far beyond these proponents, shaping the views of an otherwise diverse array of theorists and activists. This limits the ability of environmentalists, among others, to respond coherently to challenges from property rights advocates in the U.S. I sketch an alternative concept—rooted in practice—that understands private property as necessarily embedded in social and ecological relations, rather than constrained by these relations. I argue that this concept can prefigure a more robust environmentalism.
Keywords
  • private property,
  • environmentalism,
  • liberal theory,
  • ownership,
  • takings
Publication Date
February, 2009
Citation Information
"The Concept of Private Property and the Limits of the Environmental Imagination" Political Theory Vol. 37 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/john-meyer/4/