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Somin, Ilya

Works: 72 works in 135 publications in 3 languages and 3,206 library holdings
Genres: History  Trials, litigation, etc  Blogs 
Roles: Author, Editor
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Most widely held works by Ilya Somin
Democracy and political ignorance : why smaller government is smarter by Ilya Somin( )

25 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 1,953 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One of the biggest problems with modern democracy is that most of the public is usually ignorant of politics and government. Often, many people understand that their votes are unlikely to change the outcome of an election and don't see the point in learning much about politics. This may be rational, but it creates a nation of people with little political knowledge and little ability to objectively evaluate what they do know. In Democracy and Political Ignorance, Ilya Somin mines the depths of ignorance in America and reveals the extent to which it is a major problem for democracy. Somin weighs various options for solving this problem, arguing that political ignorance is best mitigated and its effects lessened by decentralizing and limiting government. Somin provocatively argues that people make better decisions when they choose what to purchase in the market or which state or local government to live under, than when they vote at the ballot box, because they have stronger incentives to acquire relevant information and to use it wisely. --
Stillborn crusade : the tragic failure of Western intervention in the Russian Civil War, 1918-1920 by Ilya Somin( Book )

11 editions published between 1995 and 2018 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The triumph of the Bolsheviks in the Russian Civil War was the first great crack in the system of international relations established by the victorious Allies. The presence of a powerful anti-Western Soviet regime not only undermined the liberal values binding the signatories and member states of the Versailles Treaty and the League of Nations, but also helped to stimulate the rise of aggressive fascist dictatorships in Germany and Italy. Consequently, the failure of the Allies to intervene effectively against the Bolsheviks helped pave the way for both World War II and the human catastrophe of Soviet totalitarianism. Stillborn Crusade is a reinterpretation of the causes and consequences of that failure." "In sharp contrast with previous researchers, Ilya Somin argues that the West's failure resulted not from constraints limiting the options of policymakers, but from ideological misconceptions, particularly those flowing from the "liberal" and "realist" theories of international politics. Against these views, Somin sets the position of Winston Churchill, who repeatedly and unsuccessfully urged decisive action when the Soviet regime was militarily vulnerable. As a consequence of British and American policy failures, the entire course of European and world history was radically altered for the worse." "Stillborn Crusade also considers why earlier scholars, most notably George F. Kennan and William Appleman Williams, have ignored the issues raised here, even though they and others have not hesitated to criticize Western leaders for similar errors in other instances, especially in the case of Nazi Germany. Somin links the errors of 1918-20 to broader issues relating to the morality, feasibility, and desirability of Western, especially American, intervention in foreign civil conflicts. As a volume with important lessons for our own time, Stillborn Crusade will be of interest to historians, political scientists, and foreign policy analysts."--Jacket
The grasping hand : Kelo v. City of New London and the limits of eminent domain by Ilya Somin( Book )

10 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 2005, the Supreme Court ruled that the city of New London, Connecticut, could condemn fifteen residential properties in order to transfer them to a new private owner. Although the Fifth Amendment only permits the taking of private property for 'public use, ' the court ruled that the transfer of condemned land to private parties for 'economic development' is permitted by the Constitution - even if the government cannot prove that the expected development will ever actually happen. The court's decision in Kelo v. City of New London empowered the grasping hand of the state at the expense of the invisible hand of the market. In this detailed study of one of the most controversial Supreme Court cases in modern times, Ilya Somin argues that Kelo was a grave error. Economic development and 'blight' condemnations are unconstitutional under both originalist and most 'living constitution' theories of legal interpretation. They also victimize the poor and the politically weak for the benefit of powerful interest groups and often destroy more economic value than they create. Kelo itself exemplifies these patterns. The residents targeted for condemnation lacked the influence needed to combat the formidable government and corporate interests arrayed against them. Moreover, the city's poorly conceived development plan ultimately failed: the condemned land lies empty this day, occupied only be feral cats. The Supreme Court's unpopular ruling triggered an unprecedented political reaction, with forty-five states passing new laws intended to limit the use of eminent domain. But many of the new laws impose few or no genuine constraints on takings. The Kelo backlash led to significant progress, but not nearly as much as it may have seemed. Despite its outcome, the closely divided 5-4 ruling shattered what many believed to be a consensus that virtually any condemnation qualifies as a public use under the Fifth Amendment. It also showed that there is a widespread public opposition to eminent domain abuse. With controversy over takings sure to continue, The Grasping Hand offers the first book-length analysis of Kelo by a legal scholar, alongside a broader history of the dispute over public use and eminent domain and an evaluation of options for reform"--Unedited summary from book jacket
A conspiracy against Obamacare : the Volokh conspiracy and the health care case by Randy E Barnett( Book )

5 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The debate over the Affordable Care Act was one of the most important and public examinations of the Constitution in our history. At the forefront of that debate were the legal scholars blogging at the Volokh Conspiracy, who engaged in a spirited, erudite, and accessible discussion of the legal issues involved in the cases. Several of the Volokh bloggers played key roles in developing the constitutional arguments against the ACA. It was perhaps the first time that a blog affected arguments submitted to the United States on a major issue. This book compiles the discussion that unfolded at the Volokh Conspiracy blog into a readable narrative, enhanced with new context and analysis, as the contributors reflect on the Obamacare litigation with the advantage of hindsight. The different bloggers certainly did not always agree with each other, but the back-and-forth debates provide momentum as the reader follows the development of the arguments over time. A Conspiracy Against Obamacare exemplifies an important new form of legal discourse and public intellectualism"--Unedited summary from book cover
Eminent domain : a comparative perspective by Il-chung Kim( )

8 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The taking of private property for development projects has caused controversy in many nations, where it has often been used to benefit powerful interests at the expense of the general public. This edited collection is the first to use a common framework to analyze the law and economics of eminent domain around the world. The authors show that seemingly disparate nations face a common set of problems in seeking to regulate the condemnation of private property by the state. They include the tendency to forcibly displace the poor and politically weak for the benefit of those with greater influence, disputes over compensation, and resort to condemnation in cases where it destroys more economic value than it creates. With contributions from leading scholars in the fields of property law and economics, the book offers a comparative perspective and considers a wide range of possible solutions to these problems"
Stillborn Crusade The Tragic Failure of Western Intervention in the Former Soviet Union by Ilya Somin( )

5 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 33 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cover -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Contents -- Dedication -- Acknowledgments -- 1. Introduction -- 2. The Development of British Policy -- 3. "Why Not Save Siberia?" The Development of US Policy -- 4. The Whites Reconsidered -- 5. Lost Triumphs: The Possibilities of Intervention -- Epilogue: Conclusions and Implications -- Bibliography -- Index
Federal Britain : the case for decentralisation by Philip Booth( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The UK has the most centralised system of government amongst major economies. This results in poorer services, lower economic growth and higher taxes. We have also developed an approach to devolution that is incoherent and unstable. This short book proposes an entirely new set of constitutional arrangements. It proposes that the UK should develop a federal structure of government with only a small number of functions such as defence and border control being determined at the UK level. All other functions would be the ultimate responsibility of individual nations within the UK, though Wales, Northern Ireland and England could combine together if they wished. The author also proposes further radical decentralisation of government. Local government should become responsible for a much wider range of functions and raise the revenue to finance them. In areas such as health and education, the government role would be diminished further as parents, families and civil society institutions are provided with finance to directly procure their own services. Overall, this is a radical plan to completely change the nature of government in the UK.It would return power to the people and reverse the long trend of centralisation that has happened since World War I.--
Robin Hood in reverse : the case against economic development takings by Ilya Somin( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Fifth Amendment and most state constitutions prohibit government from condemning private property except for a "public use." Traditionally, that has forbidden most condemnations that transfer property from one private owner to another. In recent years, however, many state courts have read "public use" more broadly to allow government to transfer property from one private owner to another simply because the latter is expected to make a greater contribution to the local economy. The most notorious of these decisions was the 1981 Poletown decision, in which the Michigan Supreme Court allowed the City of Detroit to uproot some 4,200 people in order to make way for a General Motors plant. But last summer the Michigan Supreme Court overturned Poletown, just after the Connecticut Supreme Court had relied on that precedent to uphold economic development takings in the case of Kelo v. City of New London. Shortly thereafter, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal of the property owners. If the Court decides in favor of the homeowners, the resulting decision will constrain economic development condemnations nationwide. Federal and state courts should ban economic development takings. Such takings are usually the product of collusion between large and powerful interests and government officials against comparatively powerless local residents. They generally produce far more costs than benefits, as the Poletown case dramatically demonstrates. Finally, the economic development rationale renders nearly all property rights insecure because it can justify virtually any taking that benefits a private business interest"--Cato Institute web site
The Supreme Court economic review( Book )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Supreme Court economic review( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When ignorance isn't bliss : how political ignorance threatens democracy by Ilya Somin( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Supreme Court economic review( Book )

1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The state of the American mind : 16 leading critics on the new anti-intellectualism by Mark Bauerlein( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1987, Allan Bloom's The Closing of the American Mind was published; a wildly popular book that drew attention to the shift in American culture away from the tenants that made America-and Americans-unique. Bloom focused on a breakdown in the American curriculum, but many sensed that the issue affected more than education. The very essence of what it meant to be an American was disappearing. That was over twenty years ago. Since then, the United States has experienced unprecedented wealth, more youth enrolling in higher education than ever before, and technology advancements far beyond what m
The Supreme Court economic review( Book )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty to legalize the war against ISIS by Ilya Somin( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Controlling the grasping hand : economic development takings after Kelo by Ilya Somin( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overcoming Poletown : County of Wayne v. Hathcock, economic development takings, and the future of public use by Ilya Somin( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Supreme Court of the United States: promoting centralization more than state autonomy by Ilya Somin( )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The green costs of Kelo : economic development takings and environmental protection by Ilya Somin( Book )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Federalism vs. states' rights : a defense of judicial review in a federal system by John O McGinnis( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Stillborn crusade : the tragic failure of Western intervention in the Russian Civil War, 1918-1920
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Alternative Names
Ilya Somin American law school professor

Илья Сомин американский юрист


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