Expropriation
(845 words)

Expropriation is characterized by the compulsory seizure of property by a public entity, especially in a form that follows a regular procedure in return for compensation. Expropriation thus differs from confiscation, which is not compensated, and the simple imposition of limitations on property (such as measures in the interest of social responsibility). The concept of expropriation derives primarily from a French legal institution created at the turn of the 19th century. As a normative category…

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Thier, Andreas, “Expropriation”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_SIM_018793>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180126



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