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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18

GOVT 83.08 Localism in America: Ethics, Politics, and Economics

Amid the rise of globalism, we are increasingly asked to focus on what is near: “eat local,” “drink local,” or “buy local.” This course examines the political and ethical roots of recent enthusiasm for “the local.” Americans fiercely defend the prerogatives of “local control, and some see localism at the heart of liberty.  Others see local control as a mask for prejudices. What is the claim of the local, and can we decide which is better—centralism or localism—independent of the political context?



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18S: 3B