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Property and Values: Alternatives to Public and Private Ownership
by Charles Geisler, Gail Daneker (eds.)

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Publication Date: 2000
Publisher: Island
Binding: Paperback
Topics: Agriculture, Democracy: Theory & Practice, History: Local to Global, Human Health & Welfare, Nature, Spirituality & Religion, Sustainable Community

Description: 'Property and Values' offers a fresh look at property rights issues, bringing together scholars, attorneys, government officials, community development practitioners, and environmental advocates to consider new and more socially equitable forms of ownership. Based on a Harvard Law School conference organized by the Equity Trust Inc., in cooperation with the American Bar Association's Commission on Homelessness and Poverty, the book:

* explains ownership as an evolving concept, determined by social processes and changing social relations

* challenges conventional public-private ownership categories

* surveys recent studies on the implications of public policy on property values

* offers examples from other cultures of ownership realities unfamiliar or forgotten in the United States

* compares experiments in ownership/equity allocation affecting social welfare and environmental conservation

The book synthesizes much innovative thinking on ownership in land and housing, and signals how that thinking might be used across America. Contributors - including David Abromowitz, Darby Bradley, Teresa Duclos, Sally Fairfax, Margaret Grossman, C. Ford Runge, William Singer and others - call for balance between property rights and responsibilities, between private and public rights in property, and between individual and societal interests in land.

'Property and Values' is a thought-provoking contribution to the literature on property for planners, lawyers, government officials, resource economists, environmental managers, and social scientists as well as for students of planning, environmental law, geography, or public policy.

Charles Geisler is professor of rural sociology at Cornell University. Among his books are 'A Community Land Trust Handbook' (Rodale, 1982), and 'Biological Diversity: Balancing Interest through Adaptive Collaborative Management' (CRC Press, 2000). Gail Daneker is formerly co-director of both the Campaign for Peace and Democracy, and Environmentalists for Full Employment, and an activist for human rights, social justice, and environmental concerns based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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