The Colorado doctrine: Water rights, corporations, and distributive justice on the American frontier

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Abstract

"Making extensive use of archival and other primary sources, David Schorr demonstrates that the development of the 'appropriation doctrine,' a system of private rights in water, was part of a radical attack on monopoly and corporate power in the arid West. Schorr describes how Colorado miners, irrigators, lawmakers, and judges forged a system of private property in water based on a desire to spread property and its benefits as widely as possible among independent citizens. He demonstrates that ownership was not dictated by concerns for economic efficiency, but by a regard for social justice"--Provided by publisher.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew Haven
PublisherYale University Press
Number of pages235
ISBN (Print)0300134479, 0300189044, 9780300134476, 9780300189049
StatePublished - 2012

Publication series

NameYale Law Library series in legal history and reference
PublisherYale University Press

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Water rights -- Colorado -- History
  • Water rights -- West (U.S.) -- History

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