Eminent Domain, Inverse Condemnation, and Police Power

  • Ronald W. Tank


Eminent domain, inverse condemnation, and police power are three legal tenets by which the state can assert its dominion over private property for the public good. The state can, by exercising these powers, become involved in questions of water rights, mineral rights, and surface rights.


Private Property United States Constitution Police Power Eminent Domain Fourteenth Amendment 


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References and Suggested Reading

  1. American Jurisprudence 2d (1966), Lawyers Co-Operative Publishing Co., Rochester, N.Y.; Bancroft-Whitney Co., San Francisco, Eminent Domain, Vol. 26, Secs. 1–246; Vol. 27, Secs. 247–507.Google Scholar
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald W. Tank
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  1. 1.Lawrence UniversityAppletonUSA

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