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Privilege and Creative Destruction : The Charles River Bridge Case

Privilege and Creative Destruction : The Charles River Bridge Case - 90 edition

ISBN13: 978-0801839832

Cover of Privilege and Creative Destruction : The Charles River Bridge Case 90 (ISBN 978-0801839832)
ISBN13: 978-0801839832
ISBN10: 0801839831

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 90
Copyright: 1990
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Published: 1990
International: No

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Privilege and Creative Destruction : The Charles River Bridge Case - 90 edition

ISBN13: 978-0801839832

Stanley I. Kutler

ISBN13: 978-0801839832
ISBN10: 0801839831

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 90
Copyright: 1990
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Published: 1990
International: No
Summary

In this now-classic work in legal and constitutional theory, Stanley I. Kutler examines one of the Supreme Court's most celebrated decisions. In 1837, the Court ruled that the state of Massachusetts had the right to erect a free bridge over the Charles River even though it had previously chartered a privately owned toll bridge at the same location. The Court's decision fostered the idea of ''creative destruction,'' a process that encourages new forms of property at the expense of older ones. Exploring the origins, context, and impact of this decision, Kutler integrates traditional American constitutional history with the ''new legal history'' that emphasizes the social and economic bases of legal change. Book jacket.

Author Bio

Stanley I. Kutler is the E. Gordon Fox Professor of American Institutions in the Department of History and the School of Law at the University of Wisconsin.

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