Bruce Benson Discusses His Book Property Rights

Independent Institute Senior Fellow Bruce Benson discusses his 2010 book, Property Rights: Eminent Domain and Regulatory Takings Re-Examined, in a twenty-minute podcast produced by Kosmos available here. The interview was conducted by Jeanne Hoffman last October, but it is as timely as ever.

Topics in the interview include: the use of the courts and voter referenda to limit government takings; takings for public use versus takings for private use; constraints on regulatory takings; the hidden costs of government takings; and the Kelo and Poletown court decisions.

A detailed summary of the book (which features thirteen chapters by seventeen scholars) is available here.

Kosmos, a project of the Institute for Human Studies, describes itself as “an online community where classical liberal academics can meet and share ideas and research.” Visit

Carl P. Close is a Research Fellow and former Executive Editor for Acquisitions and Content at the Independent Institute and former Assistant Editor of The Independent Review.
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