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 Close is Research Fellow and Senior Editor for The Independent Institute and Assistant Editor of The Independent Review and editor of The Lighthouse, The Independent Institute’s weekly e-mail newsletter.
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