Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age / Edition 1

Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age / Edition 1

by Michael Shuman
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Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age / Edition 1

National drug chains squeeze local pharmacies out of business, while corporate downsizing ships jobs overseas. All across America, communities large and small are losing control of their economies to outside interests. Going Local shows how some cities and towns are fighting back. Refusing to be overcome by Wal-Marts and layoffs, they are taking over abandoned factories, switching to local produce and manufactured goods, and pushing banks to loan money to local citizens. Shuman details how dozens of communities are recapturing their own economies with these new strategies, investing not in outsiders but in locally owned businesses.

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ISBN-13: 9780415927680
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/28/2000
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael H. Shuman, co-director of the Village Foundation's Institute for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship, is author of five books and numerous articles on the relationship between community and international affairs. His work has appeared in The Nation, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, and The Washington Post. He lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents


No Place Like Home

The Perils of Mobility

The Triumphs of Economists

An Emerging Countermovement

A Way Forward

1. Place Matters

Bad People and Bad Civics

The Science of Efficiency

Free Trade vs. Community

A New Economics of Place

2. Needs-Driven Industries

Import Replacement

Food Industries

Energy Industries

Natural-Resources Industries

Materials Industries

Beyond Necessities

3. Community Corporations

A Taxonomy of American Business

Engines of Self-Reliance

New Models

Empowerment Through Ownership

4. Financing the Future

Bankers vs. Communities

Community-Development Financial Institutions

Unconventional Loans

Locally Owned Equity

Pension Reinvestment

The Role of Public Policy

5. Pro-Community Local Governance

The Virtues of Localism

Local Reinvestment

Local Purchasing

Selective Privatization

Local Hiring

Local Taxes

A Question of Power

6. Bringing Home Power, Not Bacon

Real Home Rule

A New Approach to Trade

Rethinking Corporations

Neighborhood Banking

Community Lobbying

7. Making History

Ten Steps Toward Community Self-Reliance

The New Global Village

The Lilliputian Strategy


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