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Police and the Liberal State$
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Markus D. Dubber and Mariana Valverde

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804759328

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804759328.001.0001

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Introduction Policing the Rechtsstaat

Introduction Policing the Rechtsstaat

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(p.1) Introduction Policing the Rechtsstaat
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Police and the Liberal State
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Markus D. Dubber

Mariana Valverde

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804759328.003.0001

This introductory chapter begins with a review of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Kelo v. City of New London—a lowly case about how a small town in Connecticut might improve its waterfront, which shook people up across the United States, caused numerous state legislatures to pass new laws restricting eminent domain powers, and even prompted the House of Representatives to enact a resolution disapproving of the decision. This is followed by a discussion of the meaning of police powers. The chapter then sets out the book's purpose, which is to refocus scholarly attention through the lens of police power on the scope and functioning of government in its myriad manifestations, from the family to the prison to the workplace, from the city to the state to the international community. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   Kelo v. City of New London, police powers, government, domain powers

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