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Making a Place for Community: Local Democracy in a Global Era

Thad Williamson David Imbroscio Gar Alperovitz Eric Nelson

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Routledge
06 September 2002
Social groups; Political science & theory; Central government policies; Regional government policies
Scenes from small-town America in the 21st century: Downtown shops are boarded up as Wal-Marts sprawl across the landscape. Factories close, lured to the next state by government handouts. Traffic jams snarl country roads. Yet, for every declining Hartford, CT there's a boomtown like Athens, GA. Why? What is wrong with our communities? The problem, argue the authors of this visionary work, is not in our lack of civic pride but in the triple threat our towns and cities face: globalization, the chase for jobs and the challenge of sprawl. These forces-which we created with misguided policies-destroy not only local democracy, but America's long-term economic health. Grounded in decades of research, Making a Place for Community offers brilliant solutions that defy conventional wisdom. Without busting the budget and halting development, the authors' smart new policies and grass-roots solutions, from land trusts to local ownership, show how to reign in sprawl and anchor jobs in the community. Until we face the issues of decay and isolation at the local level, any attempts to revitalize downtown or restore family values are sure to fail. Making a Place for Community is a vivid blueprint for rebuilding the heart of American life--its towns and cities.
By:   Thad Williamson, David Imbroscio, Gar Alperovitz
Foreword by:   Benjamin Barber
Edited by:   Eric Nelson
Imprint:   Routledge
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 29mm
Weight:   748g
ISBN:   9780415933568
ISBN 10:   0415933560
Pages:   424
Publication Date:   06 September 2002
Audience:   College/higher education ,  A / AS level
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Forword: Benjamin Barber Preface: Toward the Reconstruction of American Community and Democracy Part I: The Triple Threat to Community and Democracy Introduction: The Case for Community Economic Stability: Economics and Political Economics 1. Globalization and Free Trade 2. The Chase for Jobs 3. The Challenge of Sprawl Part II: Place-based Policy Alternatives Note to Part II 4. Federal Job Stabilizing Policies 5. Conventional Strategies 6. State and Municipal Enterprise 7. Local Multipliers Part III: Place-based Economic Structures Note to Part III 8. Supporting Employee Ownership 9. Community Development Corporations and Community Development Financial Institutions 10. Alternative Ownership Models: Nonprofits and Coops 11. Community Land Trusts and Community Agriculture Part IV: The Global Context Note to Part IV 12. Restructuring Global Economic Institutions 13. Alternative Approaches to Trade Conclusion: Political-Economic Policies for the Next Stage of Democratic Development Acknowledgements

Gar Alperovitz, the Lionel R. Bauman Professor of Political Economy at the University of Maryland, has a leading voice in the communitarian movement for 30 years. His book, The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb is the definitive history of the subject. He serves on the editorial board of Tikkun, and his articles appear frequently in The Nation, The Boston Review and The Washington Post. Thad Williamson is a researcher at Harvard University. He has written for The Nation, In These Times and Monthly Review. David L. Imbroscio is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Louisville.

Reviews for Making a Place for Community: Local Democracy in a Global Era

Comprehensive, balanced, and well documented, Making a Place for Community is a monumental collection of valuable research, experience, data and policy guidance on building strong local economies. Essential reading for every city, county and state official and engaged citizen and an invaluable reference source to which they will return for years to come.lo--David C. Korten, author of When Corporations Rule the World. The restoration of American democracy will begin--if it begins at all--in the lives of communities, not Washington DC or state capitals. Making a Place for Community provides an illuminating and rigorous tour of the existing landscape of community life and the ongoing efforts to foster development. It is a terrific catalogue of promising ideas.lo--William Greider, author of One World, Ready or Not: The Manic Logic of Global Capitalism. A breathtaking synthesis of the latest research on the essential role of strong community economies in revitalizing Americandemocracy. It contains hundreds of exciting examples of successful policies, businesses, and movements that demonstrate that localization IS a viable alternative to perils of globalization. Every local politicians, policymakers, and activist should read, understand, and use this book.. -Michael H. Shuman, author of Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age Students interested in the intersection of social science and social policy must read this important book. The authors vision of the adverse impact of globalization, internal capital mobility, and suburban sprawl on American communities is compelling. This vision provides the basis for a new and comprehensive policy agendato achieve community economic stability and for understanding why such stability is so important for the future of American democracy. Making a Place for Community is replete with theoretical insights, strong substantive arguments, and thoughtful policy analyses.. -William Julius Wilson, author of When Work Disappears: The World of the New Urban Poor An indispensable primer for the new century.. -From the foreword by Benjamin Barber, author of Jihad v. McWorld


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