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Privilege and Creative Destruction: The Charles River Bridge Case Paperback – December 1, 1989

ISBN-13: 978-0801839832 ISBN-10: 0801839831

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (December 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801839831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801839832
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #875,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A new edition of Kutler's classic work, in which he analyzes the origins, context, and impact of the Charles River Bridge case, in which the Supreme 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. Kutler argues that the... case is a landmark instance of 'creative destruction' by the judiciary, whereby the Court permitted new community needs to supersede previously held property rights.

(Law and Social Inquiry)

Richly detailed and methodically reasoned... Highly recommended for all students of legal history.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 3, 2000
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Kutler's book provides a very interesting look at the Charles River Bridge case, a monumental period in American Law that at once signaled the development of modern corporate law and showed the beginnings of modernity in American jurisprudence. Kutler takes a thorough look at not only the legal but also the social aspects of the case, without being overly dry or scholarly.
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