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Eminent Doman and Economic Development: The Mill Acts and the Origins of Laissez-Faire Constitutionalism

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07/30/2014David M. Gold

In Kelo v. City of New London (2005), the United States Supreme Court upheld the use of the eminent domain power to take property from homeowners for the purpose of economic development. Under the Fifth Amendment, wrote Justice John Paul Stevens for the majority, eminent domain may be used only for a public purpose. But “public purpose” is a broad concept.

Volume 21, Number 2 (2007)

Author:

David M. Gold

Daivd M. Gold has a JD and Ph.D. in history from Ohio State University. He is currently an attorney with the Ohio Legislative Service Commission.

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Gold, David M. "Eminent Doman and Economic Development: The Mill Acts and the Origins of Laissez-Faire Constitutionalism." Journal of Libertarian Studies 21, No. 2 (2007): 101–122.

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