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Libertarians on the road to town planning: A note on the views of Robert Mundell, Karl Popper, Friedrich Hayek, Robert Nozick, Milton Friedman and Ronald Coase towards pollution

Town Planning Review (2002), 73, (3), 289–310.

Abstract

This paper surveys the leading works of five famous libertarian scholars, namely Mundell's Man and Economics; Popper's All Life is Problem Solving; Hayek's The Constitution of Liberty; Nozick's Anarchy, State and Utopia; Friedman and Friedman's Free to Choose; and Coase's The Problem of Social Cost, and shows that there is an apparent endorsement of government regulation of pollution by well-known critics of planning. The implications of such endorsement are discussed in terms of the resilience of town planning as a regulatory tool and the role of libertarian economic ideas for the development of the planning profession.

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