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Research Canons

Books and articles that are essential to a new academic in various areas of legal inquiry as suggested by contributors to PrawfsBlawg.

Books

  1. Bruce Ackerman, Private Property and the Constitution (1978) (Takings and Constitutional Property; suggested by Ben Barros). 
  2. Richard Epstein, Takings (1985) (Takings and Constitutional Property; suggested by Ben Barros). 
  3. American Society of Legal and Political Philosophy,  22 NOMOS: Property ___  (2908) (collection of essays on property; suggested by John Rooney). 
  4. Lawrence Becker, Property Rights: Philosophical Foundations (1977) (suggested by John Rooney). 
  5. Jeremy Bentham, The Theory of Legislation (1894) (Classics of the Moral and Political Theory of Property; suggested by Ben Barros). 
  6. Karl Marx, Communist Manifesto (1848) (Classics of the Moral and Political Theory of Property; suggested by Ben Barros). 
  7. Robert Bullard, Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class, and Environmental Quality (1990) (land use law; suggested by Paul Boudreaux)  
  8.  John Christman,  The Myth of Property: Toward an Egalitarian Theory of Ownership, (1994) (I'm not a specialist in this area nor do I have any other claims to legal expertise. However, I'm interested in 'theories of property,' or more philosophical approaches to the question of property, and thus at the risk of impertinence I'll mention some titles I've found interesting; suggested by Patrick O'Donnell). 
  9. Ronald Coase, The Problem of Social Cost (1960) (Great Contemporary Work on Property Theory; suggested by Ben Barros). 
  10. G.A. Cohen, Self-Ownership, Freedom, and Equality, (1995) (I'm not a specialist in this area nor do I have any other claims to legal expertise. However, I'm interested in 'theories of property,' or more philosophical approaches to the question of property, and thus at the risk of impertinence I'll mention some titles I've found interesting; suggested by Patrick O'Donnell). 
  11. Harold Demsetz, Toward a Theory of Property Rights (1967) (Great Contemporary Work on Property Theory; suggested by Ben Barros). 
  12. ​Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital (2000) (Great Contemporary Work on Property Theory; suggested by Ben Barros). 
  13. Andres Duany & Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and Decline of the American Dream (2000)  (land use law; suggested by Paul Boudreaux)  
  14. Jesse Dukeminier & James E. Krier, Property (2002, 5th ed.) (casebook; suggested by Patrick O'Donnell). 
  15. Robert C. Ellickson, Carol M. Rose & Bruce A. Ackerman, Perspectives on Property Law (2002) (with regard to property law proper; suggested by Patrick O'Donnell).
  16. Richard Epstein, Takings: Private Property and the Power of Eminent Domain (1985)  (land use law; suggested by Paul Boudreaux)  
  17.  William Fischel, The Homevoter Hypothesis (2001) (Great Contemporary Work on Property Theory; suggested by Ben Barros). 
  18. Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom (1962) (Great Contemporary Work on Property Theory; suggested by Ben Barros). 
  19. Charles Haar, Suburbs Under Siege: Race, Space, and Audacious Judges (1996) (land use law; suggested by Paul Boudreaux).  
  20. Dolores Hayden, Building Suburbia: Green Fields and Urban Growth, 1820-2000 (2003) (land use law; suggested by Paul Boudreaux)  
  21. Wesley Hohfeld, Fundamental Legal Conceptions (1916) (Conceptualizing Property Rights; suggested by Ben Barros). 
  22. Margaret Jane Radin,  Contested Commodities (1996) (Great Contemporary Work on Property Theory; suggested by Ben Barros). 
  23. Kenneth Jackson, Crabgrass Frontier  (1985) (land use law; suggested by Paul Boudreaux)  
  24. Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961) (land use law; suggested by Paul Boudreaux)  
  25. William Kunstler, The Geography of Nowhere: The Rise And Decline of America's Man-Made Landscape (1994) (land use law; suggested by Paul Boudreaux)  
  26. William Kunstler, Home from Nowhere: Remaking Our Everyday World for the 21st Centrury (1998) (land use law; suggested by Paul Boudreaux)  
  27. John Locke, Of Property in Second Treatise of Civil Government (1690) (Classics of the Moral and Political Theory of Property; suggested by Ben Barros). 
  28. James Madison, Essay on Property in the National Gazette (Mar. 29, 1792). 
  29. Stephen R. Munzer, A Theory of Property, (1990) (I'm not a specialist in this area nor do I have any other claims to legal expertise. However, I'm interested in 'theories of property,' or more philosophical approaches to the question of property, and thus at the risk of impertinence I'll mention some titles I've found interesting; suggested by Patrick O'Donnell). 
  30. Liam Murphy & Thomas Nagel, The Myth of Ownership: Taxes and Justice (2002) (I'm not a specialist in this area nor do I have any other claims to legal expertise. However, I'm interested in 'theories of property,' or more philosophical approaches to the question of property, and thus at the risk of impertinence I'll mention some titles I've found interesting; suggested by Patrick O'Donnell). 
  31.  J.E. Penner, The Idea of Property in Law (1997) (I'm not a specialist in this area nor do I have any other claims to legal expertise. However, I'm interested in 'theories of property,' or more philosophical approaches to the question of property, and thus at the risk of impertinence I'll mention some titles I've found interesting; suggested by Patrick O'Donnell). 
  32. Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Qu'est-ce que la propriété? (1840)/What is Property? (Donald R. Kelley &  Bonnie G. Smith ed./trans. 1994) (Proudhon's book had a decisive influence on Marx, however much he thought Proudhon's approach to social revolution deeply mistaken (and Marx's failure to win Proudhon's cooperation for his political agitation no doubt contributed to Marx's attack on Proudhon in the Poverty of Philosophy, 1847); suggested by Patrick O'Donnell). 
  33. Margaret Jane Radin, Reinterpreting Property (1993) (I'm not a specialist in this area nor do I have any other claims to legal expertise. However, I'm interested in 'theories of property,' or more philosophical approaches to the question of property, and thus at the risk of impertinence I'll mention some titles I've found interesting; suggested by Patrick O'Donnell). 
  34. Carol Rose, Property and Persuasion: Essays on the History, Theory, and Rhetoric of Property (1994) (suggested by Dave). 
  35. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Discourse on Inequality (1755) (Classics of the Moral and Political Theory of Property; suggested by Ben Barros). 
  36. Joseph William Singer, Entitlement: The Paradoxes of Property  (2000) (it provided me with a new way of looking at the old debates (And I really like his case-book); suggested by Annecoos Wiersema). 
  37. Jeremy Waldron, The Right to Private Property (1988) (I'm not a specialist in this area nor do I have any other claims to legal expertise. However, I'm interested in 'theories of property,' or more philosophical approaches to the question of property, and thus at the risk of impertinence I'll mention some titles I've found interesting; suggested by Patrick O'Donnell). 

Articles

  1. Abraham Bell & Gideon Parchomovsky, Givings, 111 Yale L. J. 547 (2001) (have a good shot at becoming canonical; suggested by Ben Barros). 
  2. Richard Briffault, The Local Government Boundary Problem in Metropolitan Areas, 48 Stan. L. Rev. 1115 (1996) (land use law; suggested by Paul Boudreaux).  
  3. J. Peter Byrne, Are Suburbs Unconstitutional?, 85 Geo. L.J. 2265, 2268-69 (1997) (land use law; suggested by Paul Boudreaux).  
  4. Guido Calabresi & A Douglas Melamed, Property Rules, Liability Rules, and Inalienability: One View of the Cathedral,  85 Harv. L. Rev. 1089 (1972) (Conceptualizing Property Rights; suggested by Ben Barros). 
  5. Ronald Coase, The Problem of Social Cost, 3 J.L. & Econ. 1 (1960) (land use law; suggested by Paul Boudreaux).  
  6. Robert C. Ellickson, Alternatives to Zoning: Covenants, Nuisance Rules, and Fines as Land Use Controls, 40 U. Chi. L. Rev. 681  (1973) (land use law; suggested by Paul Boudreaux).  
  7. Lots of articles by Carol Rose and Richard Epstein -- it is hard to pick just one or two (suggested by Ben Barros). 
  8. Jerry Frug, The Geography of Community, 48 Stan. L. Rev. 1047 (1996) (land use law; suggested by Paul Boudreaux).  
  9. Thomas C. Grey, The Disintegration of Property,  22 Nomos 69 (1980) (Conceptualizing Property Rights; suggested by Ben Barros). 
  10. Garrett Hardin, The Tragedy of the Commons, 162 Science 1243 (1968) (Great Contemporary Work on Property Theory; suggested by Ben Barros).
  11. Michael A. Heller, The Boundaries of Private Property, 108 Yale L.J. 1163 (1999) (land use law; suggested by Paul Boudreaux).  
  12. Michael Heller, The Tragedy of the Anticommons, 111 Harv. L. Rev. 621 (1998) (suggested by Dave). 
  13. Thomas W. Merrill & Henry E. Smith, Optimal Standardization in the Law of Property: The Numerus Clausus Principle, 110 Yale L. J. 1 (2000) (suggested by Mark McKenna). 

    Thomas W. Merrill & Henry E. Smith, What Happened to Property in Law and Economics, 111 Yale L. J. 357 (2001) (suggested by Mark McKenna). 

  14. Frank Michelman, Property, Utility and Fairness, 80 Harv. L. Rev. 1165 (1967) (Takings and Constitutional Property; suggested by Ben Barros). 
  15. Margaret Radin, Market Inalienability, 100 Harv. L. Rev. 1849 (1987) (suggested by Dave). 
  16. Margaret Jane RadinProperty and Personhood34 Stan. L. Rev. 957 (1982) (Great Contemporary Work on Property Theory; suggested by Ben Barros). 
  17. Charles A. Reich, The New Property, 73 Yale L. J. 733 (1964) (Great Contemporary Work on Property Theory; suggested by Ben Barros).
  18. Joseph Sax, The Public Trust Doctrine in Natural Resource Law: Effective Judicial Intervention, 68 Mich. L. Rev. 471 (1970) (suggested by Dave). 
  19. Joseph Sax, Takings and the Police Power, 74 Yale L. J. 36 (1964) (Takings and Constitutional Property; suggested by Ben Barros). 
  20. Joseph William Singer, The Reliance Interest in Property, 40 Stan. L. Rev. 611 (1988) (Great Contemporary Work on Property Theory; suggested by Ben Barros). 
  21. Henry Smith, Exclusion versus Governance: Two Strategies for Delineating Property Rights, 31 J. Legal Stud. 453 (2002) (a recent article that has a shot at becoming canonical; suggested by Dave). 
  22. Lior Jacob Strahilevitz, Information Asymmetries and the Right to Exclude,  104 Mich. L. Rev. 1835 2006)  (has a good shot at becoming canonical; suggested by Ben Barros). 
  23. William Michael Treanor, The Original Understanding of the Takings Clause and Political Process, 95 Colum. L. Rev. 782 (1995) (Takings and Constitutional Property; suggested by Ben Barros). 
  24. Jeremy Waldron, Property and Ownership in Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (2004) http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/property/  (what counts for 'canonical' with regard to a philosophical approach is largely covered by Jeremy Waldron's bibliography from his article on 'property'; suggested by Patrick O'Donnell).