This book contends that the quest to secure community self-rule represents a central human value - the belief in a basic and fundamental right to local autonomy. The universal nature of this value suggests that a right to local control should be accepted and embraced as an international human right. Perspectives from different academic fields of study are woven together to show how rural villagers, residents of large cities, environmental defenders and ‘home rule’ proponents have struggled to oppose the forces of globalization and of nation-state predominance.
Joshua B. Forrest is Professor and Department Chair of History and Political Science at La Roche University, USA.
Chapter 1. Local Control, Human Rights and Globalization
Chapter 2. The Moral and Legal Case: Human Rights, Community Rights and Legal Pluralism
Chapter 3. Territory and Social Values in Global History
Chapter 4. Local Environmental Autonomy vs. ‘Monumentalism’
Chapter 5. Towards Agrarian Autonomy
Chapter 6. Weak States, Strong Localities: Do Localities Benefit from State Fragility?
Chapter 7. The Decentralization Fix?
Chapter 8. Home Rule in the U.S.; The Local Dynamics of Fracking
Chapter 9. Large Cities as Power Brokers
Chapter 10. Towards Micro-local Policy Influence: Participatory Budgeting
Chapter 11. Conclusion: Local Control as Social Value