The Protection of Liberty, Property, and Equality

Richard A. Epstein

in The Oxford Handbook of Political Economy

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780199548477
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191577437 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks of Political Science

The Protection of Liberty, Property, and Equality

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This article discusses areas that involve political issues, which contain ‘preferred freedoms’ or ‘suspect classifications’ that attract higher standards of review. The economic and property interests that are subject to some key exceptions are also discussed. The article traces the pattern of judicial review as it applies to political, moral, and social issues, and moves on to the parallel discussions for matters of economic liberty and private property.

Keywords: political issues; preferred freedoms; suspect classifications; standards of review; economic interests; property interests; judicial review; economic liberty; private property

Article.  7713 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory ; Political Institutions

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