The Little Platoons: Sub-Local Governments in Modern History (Hardback)George W. Liebmann (author)
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The Little Platoons examines sub-local government-the small-scale structures of civil society that lie between the individual and large governmental actors-in England, France, Germany, the United States, Russia, China, and Japan. The work examines community councils, educational districts, neighborhood organizations, and the like, as seen in various societies in the modern age. And, in identifying common attributes of these civil and societal organizations, the work has particular relevance-and indeed makes ameliorative recommendations-for the problems of our modern cities. In a period of dissatisfaction with a self-regarding and centralized political class and with both market and bureaucratic institutions, Liebmann's thoughtful analysis of community and civil organization in a variety of societies and traditions broadens our understanding of comparative politics and sociology, urban planning, and state and local government.
Number of pages: 190
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 235 x 155 x 20 mm
?Liebmann, an attorney in private practice, provides a historical and legal view of the semiofficial, small-scale governments that have supplied services to local publics. He surveys not only the US but also Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia, and Japan for their unique grassroots institutions....Of interest to specialists and to libraries with strong collections in law and government organization.?-Choice
"Little Platoons fills a significant gap in modern social theory. In the tradition of Tocqueville, he reminds us of the continuing importance of small-scale political structures. More importantly, he shows how "sublocal governments" may hold the keys to some of the most perplexing problems of modern social welfare states."-Mary Ann Glendon Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
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