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Overview

When pundits refer to the death of community, they are speaking of a number of social ills, which include, but are not limited to, the general increase in isolation and cynicism of our citizens, widespread concerns about declining political participation and membership in civic organizations, and periodic outbursts of small town violence. Making a Place for Community argues that this death of community is being caused by contemporary policies that, if not changed, will continue to foster the decline of community. Increased capital flow between nations is not at the root of the problem, however, increased capital flow within our nation is. Small towns shouldn't have to hope for a prison to open nearby and downtown centers shouldn't sit empty as suburban sparwl encroaches, but they do and it's a result of widely agreed upon public policies.

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Editorial Reviews

Benjamin Barber
An indispensable primer for the new century..
Publishers Weekly
One of the basic tensions within capitalism, argue the three political scientist authors, is between the desire "to preserve, sustain, and strengthen geographically defined communities over time" and the opposing, usually economic, idea that "public policy should seek to facilitate individual and business mobility, no matter what the costs." They pinpoint three "threats" that towns and cities face: the increase in globalization and free trade, the instability of securing and keeping jobs in a specific locality, and the rapid increase of urban sprawl. While filled with copious facts, data and economic theory, the book never loses sight of, and is driven by, its deeply humanitarian purpose-"the principle of nurturing just, sustainable, and secure communities" both in the U.S. and abroad. Holding to that principle requires, the authors argue, radically revising a foundation of contemporary economic thinking-that business interests necessarily will eventually serve humanitarian ones. (Sept. 16) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415947411
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Forward: 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 Municipalities
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:Non-Profits and Co-Ops
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
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