Going Local

Creating Self Reliant Communities in a Global Age

By Michael Shuman
(Free Press, Hardcover, 9780684830124, 320pp.)

Publication Date: February 12, 1998

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Paperback

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Public ownership, high taxation, and government funding have long been the formulas that progressives, government officials, and well-intentioned voters believed would aid the common good. Now, in this refreshing counter-blast to outmoded thinking, economist and activist Michael Shuman proposes a home-grown, community-based economics that uses market means to revive local economies -- while serving the needs of consumers and citizens across the political spectrum.

Throughout the United States, Shuman has studied such free-market initiatives as community corporations, localized banks, and community-friendly industry that preserve and strengthen the integrity of local communities. Erasing the gap between right-wing and left-wing economic concerns, Going Local is an encouraging, realistic proposal for how communities around the country can reinvent and revitalize themselves for the benefit of all citizen.

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