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Somin’s Book Reviewed in the Weekly Standard

Professor Ilya Somin's book, The Grasping Hand: Kelo v. City of New London and the Limits of Eminent Domain, was reviewed in the Weekly Standard. In the book, Somin explores the landmark eminent domain case, in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the government could seize private property for economic development.

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The Grasping Hand is excellent at laying out the political and doctrinal developments that led up to Kelo and at canvassing the backlash and legislative response to it,” the Weekly Standard reviewer writes. “Its most useful section is a chapter on potential reforms to redevelopment takings that could blunt some of the injustice they inflict on property owners, such as giving special protection to homes, increasing the compensation received by homeowners, and subjecting takings to heightened legal scrutiny under state law.”

Eminent domain as social enforcer, Weekly Standard, August 24, 2015. By Justin Torres.