The Colorado Doctrine
Water Rights, Corporations, and Distributive Justice on the American Frontier (Yale Law Library Series in Legal History and Reference)
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.
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Yale University Press, 9780300134476, 256pp.
Publication Date: November 27, 2012
About the Author
David Schorr is senior lecturer at Tel Aviv University, where he chairs the Law and Environment Program at the Faculty of Law.