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Localist Movements in a Global EconomySustainability, Justice, and Urban Development in the United States$
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David J. Hess

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012645

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012645.001.0001

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Global Problems and Localist Solutions

Global Problems and Localist Solutions

(p.23) 1 Global Problems and Localist Solutions
Localist Movements in a Global Economy

David J. Hess

The MIT Press

This chapter examines localism as a philosophy or political ideology. It explores the differences neoliberal and liberal approaches to the global problems of environmental sustainability and social justice and evaluates some radical alternatives to localism in the communist and socialist tradition. It suggests that localism focuses more on the question of the relationship between the large publicly traded corporation and society as a whole than the relationship between the government and the economy and it draws more attention to self-determination rights than to economic justice.

Keywords:   localism, philosophy, political ideology, environmental sustainability, social justice, corporation, self-determination, economic justice

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