Property Rules

Political Economy in Chicago, 1833-1872

Robin L. Einhorn

Property Rules

Robin L. Einhorn

314 pages | 7 halftones, 10 maps | 6 x 9 | © 1991, 2001
Paper $41.00 ISBN: 9780226194868 Published December 2001
Cloth $87.00 ISBN: 9780226194844 Published October 1991
In Property Rules, Robin L. Einhorn uses City Council records-previously thought destroyed-and census data to track the course of city government in Chicago, providing an important reinterpretation of the relationship between political and social structures in the nineteenth-century American city.

A Choice "Outstanding Academic Book"
"[A] masterful study of policy-making in Chicago."—Choice

"[A] major contribution to urban and political history. . . . [A]n excellent book."—Jeffrey S. Adler, American Historical Review

"[A]n enlightening trip. . . . Einhorn’s foray helps make sense out of the transition from Jacksonian to Gilded Age politics on the local level. . . . [She] has staked out new ground that others would do well to explore."—Arnold R. Hirsch, American Journal of Legal History

"A well-documented and informative classic on urban politics."—Daniel W. Kwong, Law Books in Review
List of Illustrations
Note on Document Citations
Preface, 2001
1. From the Banks of Healy’s Slough
2. The Booster System
3. The Introduction of Segmentation
4. The Mechanics of Local Control
5. The Politics of Segmentation
6. The New Public Interest
Epilogue: The Great Fire and the New Public
Appendix 1- Citation of Poll Books and Election Returns
Appendix 2- Analysis of Census Data

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