Dilemmas of Scale in America's Federal Democracy

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Martha Derthick
Cambridge University Press, Jun 13, 1999 - History - 386 pages
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Nationalist and localist traditions vie within the American federal system and the American experiment with self-government. Bringing together contributions from history, political science, and sociology, this book focuses primarily on the local, seeking to recapture its origins, explain its current impact, and assess its worth.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
City life and citizenship
17
Locality publicspiritedness and
37
The origins and influence of early American local
63
Localism political parties and civic virtue
89
How many communities? The evolution of American
125
governance
154
The ideologics of urban landuse politics
189
Local government and environmental policy
227
Community
261
The Voting Rights Act and Southern local
298
The peoples court? Federal judges and criminal justice
322
Federalism and community
355
Contributors
368
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