Local : Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age by
Michael H. Shuman.
Communities throughout the world are losing
control of their economies. Convinced by mainstream economists
that globalization is inevitable, local leaders - whether
liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican - are trying to
attract outside investment by paying massive subsidies, slashing
wages, and weakening environmental standards. Going Local
details how dozens of communities are regaining control over
their economies by employing three new kinds of strategies:
investing not in outsiders, but in locally owned businesses like
credit unions, cooperatives, community land trusts, municipally
owned utilities, small worker-owned firms, community development
corporations, and local shareholder-owned firms such as the
Green Bay, Packers; focusing on import-replacing rather than
export-led development, by reducing dependence on distant
sources of energy, water, food, and basic materials; and asking
the federal government for more power, not more pork, by
eliminating many subsidies and changing tax and trade laws that
disempower communities. Going Local challenges conservatives and
liberals alike to rethink their views about markets,
corporations, and devolution. It suggests novel ways in which
businesses can blend private ownership and community
responsibility, and innovative policies that can balance the
virtues of a free market with the critical need - and special
ability - of local government to address its shortcomings.
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