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Author Kantor, Shawn Everett.

Title Politics and property rights : the closing of the open range in the postbellum South / Shawn Everett Kantor.

Published Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1998.

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Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bund  333.335 KANT {Bund81 20190820}    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 187 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series Studies in law and economics.
Studies in law and economics (Chicago, Ill.)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. The Dynamics of Institutional Change: An Analytical Framework -- 2. The Economic Benefits of Livestock Enclosure -- 3. Translating Economic Interest into Action: Distributional Conflicts and the Dynamics of Institutional Change -- 4. Resolving the Distributional Conflicts -- 5. The Politics of Property Rights -- 6. Uncovering the Ideology of Property Rights Reform in the Postbellum South -- 7. Property Rights and Populists: The Political Consequences of Livestock Enclosure -- Epilogue: A Note on Institutional Change, Efficiency, and Democracy -- App. A. Procedure Used to Calculate Expected Savings from the Stock Law -- App. B. Data Appendix to Carroll and Jackson County Election Regressions.
Summary After the American Civil War, agricultural reformers in the South called for an end to unrestricted grazing of livestock on unfenced land. They advocated tire stock law, which required livestock owners to fence in their animals, arguing that the existing system (in which farmers built protective fences around crops) was outdated and inhibited economic growth. The reformers steadily won their battles, and by the end of the century the range was on the way to being closed.
In this original study, Kantor uses economic analysis to show that, contrary to traditional historical interpretation, this conflict was centered on anticipated benefits from fencing livestock rather than on class, cultural, or ideological differences. Kantor proves that the stock law brought economic benefits; at the same time, he analyzes why the law's adoption was hindered in many areas where it would have increased wealth. This argument illuminates the dynamics of real-world institutional change, where transactions are often costly and where some inefficient institutions persist while others give way to economic growth.
Subject Rangelands -- Southern States -- History.
Inclosures -- Southern States -- History.
Right of property -- Southern States -- History.
Pasture, Right of -- Southern States -- History.
Grazing -- Political aspects -- Southern States -- History.
Fences -- Southern States -- History.
Law and economics -- History.
ISBN 0226423778 (paperback: alk. paper)
0226423751 (cloth : alk. paper)