Localist Resources: Books and Articles – Historical and Scholarly

Allison Hope Aikon, Cultivating Food Justice: Race, Class, and Sustainability (Food, Health, and the Environment) (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2011)

Christopher Ali, Where is here? An analysis of localism in media policy in three Western democracies (University of Pennsylvania: Ph.D. dissertation, 2013)

Christopher Ali, “A broadcast system in whose interest? Tracing the origins of broadcast localism in Canadian and Australian television policy, 1950–1963” International Communications Gazette (2012)

Akhil Reed Amar, The Bill of Rights: Creation and Reconstruction (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998)Akhil Reed Amar

Akhil Reed Amar, “A Neo-Federalist View of Article III: Separating the Two Tiers of Federal Jurisdiction” 65 Boston University Law Review 205 (1985)

Akhil Reed Amar, “Of Sovereignty and Freedom,” 96 Yale Law Journal (1987)

Richard L. Aynes, “On Misreading John Bingham and the Fourteenth Amendment,” 103 Yale Law Review (1993)

Richard L. Aynes, “Charles Fairman, Felix Frankfurter, and the Fourteenth Amendment,” 70 Chicago-Kent Law Review (1995)

Carl L. Bankston III, “Federal Control of Public Schools and the Decline of Community,” Modern Age (Summer 2010), pp. 194-197

James Banner, Jr. To the Hartford Convention: the Federalists and the Origins of Party Politics in Massachusetts (New York: Knopf, 1970)

Warren J. Belasco, Appetite for Change: How the Counterculture Took on the Food Industry (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2006)

Ben She.Yi Ming, Localism of Western Canada (??: National Origin, 1991)

Ben She.Yi Ming, The Local Strength Clique and Localism (hardcover) (Jianghan: Jianghan University Academic Books, 2000)

Bill Bishop, The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like Minded Americans is Tearing Us Apart (Mariner Books, 2009)

Mark Bittman, “What is the purpose of Society,” New York Times (February 11, 2015)

Mark Bittman, “How to Feed the WorldNew York Times (October 14, 2013)

Mark Bittman, “A Food Manifesto for the Future,” New York Times (February 2, 2011)

David Blackbourn and James Retallack, eds. Localism, Landscape, and the Ambiguities of Place: German Speaking Central Europe 1860-1930 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007)

Andrew Burstein, “Jefferson’s Madison versus Jefferson’s Monroe” Presidential Studies Quarterly (Spring 1998)

Anthony S. Bryk, Penny Bender Bebring, David Kerbow, Sharon Rollow, and John Q. Easton, Charting Chicago School Reform: Democratic Localism As A Lever For Change, (Boulder: Westview Press, 1999)

Anna Cento Bull, Social Identities and Political Cultures in Italy: Catholic, Communist and Leghist Communities Between Civicness and Localism (New York: Berghahn Books, 2001)

Philip Catney , Sherilyn MacGregor , Andrew Dobson , Sarah Marie Hall , Sarah Royston , Zoe Robinson, Mark Ormerod & Simon Ross, “Big society, little justice? Community renewable energy and the politics of localism,” Local Environment: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability (2013)

Dante Chinni and James Gimpel, Our Patchwork Nation: The Surprising Truth About the “Real” America (New York: Gotham, 2010)

John P. Clark, The Impossible Community: Realizing Communitarian Anarchism (Oxford: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013)

J. Coaffee and N. Hedman, “Pragmatic localism uncovered: the search for locally contingent solutions to national reform agendas,”  Geoforum 39 (2008 ): 1585–99

Edward Russell Cole, “Radical localism in the Network Society” (PhD. Dissertation: SUNY-Albany, 2010) free download herePhilAndTheRegeneration_Cover-231x300

Saul Cornell, The Other Founders: Anti-Federalism and the Dissenting Tradition in America, 1788-1828 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1999)

Saul Cornell, A Well Regulated Militia: The Founding Fathers and the Origins of Gun Control in America  (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006)

Saul Cornell,  “A New Paradigm for the Second Amendment,”  Law and History Review Vol. 22, No. 1 (Spring, 2004), pp. 161-167
Saul Cornell, “Idiocy, Illiteracy, and the Forgotten Voices of Popular Constitutionalism: Ratification and the Ideology of Originalism,” The William and Mary Quarterly Vol. 69, No. 2 (April 2012), pp. 365-368
other foundersSaul Cornell, “Moving beyond the Canon of Traditional Constitutional History: Anti-Federalists, the Bill of Rights, and the Promise of Post-Modern Historiography,”  Law and History Review, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Spring, 1994), pp. 1-28
Saul Cornell, “Aristocracy Assailed: The Ideology of Backcountry Anti-Federalism,” The Journal of American History, Vol. 76, No. 4 (Mar., 1990), pp. 1148-1172
Seth Cotlar, Tom Paine’s America The Rise and Fall of Transatlantic Radicalism in the Early Republic (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011)

Howard Davis, Living Over the Store: Architecture and Local Urban Life (New York: Routledge, 2012)

Grace Delgado, Making the Chinese Mexican: Global Migration, Localism, and Exclusion in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013)

Martha Derthick, “Preserving Federalism: Congress, the States, and the Supreme Court” The Brookings Review, Vol. 4, No. 2 (Winter – Spring, 1986), pp. 32-37

Michael Devitt, Coming to our Senses: A Naturalistic Program for Semantic Localism (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy) (London: Cambridge University Press, 1995)

Sarah S. Elkind, How Local Politics Shape Federal Policy: Business, Power, and the Environment in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2011) Review by Art Menius of RadicalLocalism.com


Joseph J. Ellis, The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 (New York: Knopf, 2015)
Richard E. Ellis, Aggressive Nationalism: McCulloch v. Maryland and the Foundation of Federal Authority in the Young Republic (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007)

David Embrick, Localism versus Globalism in Morphology and Phonology (Linguistic Inquiry Monographs) (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2010)

Thomas Ermacora and Lucy Bullivant, Recoded City: CoCreating Urban Futures (New York: Routledge, 2016)

Amitai Etzioni, The Spirit of Community: Rights, Responsibilities,
and the Communitarian Agenda (New York: Crown, 1993)

Daniel A. Farber and John E. Muench, “The Ideological Origins of the Fourteenth Amendment,” 1 Constitutional Commentary (1984) 



David Featherstone, Anthony Ince, Danny Mackinnon, Kendra Strauss and Andrew Cumbers, “Progressive localism and the construction of political alternatives” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers (2012): 1-6

Ronald P. Formisano, For the People: American Populist Movements from the Revolution to the 1850s (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2008)

Russell Arben Fox, “Activity and Communal Authority: Localist Lessons from Confucian and Puritan Communities,” Philosophy East and West, Vol. 58, No. 1 (January 2008): 36-59.

Steve Fraser, The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power (New York: Little Brown, 2015)

George A Frykman, “Regionalism, Nationalism, Localism: The Pacific Northwest in American History,” Pacific Northwest Quarterly (1952)

Edward G. Goetz and Susan E. Clarke, eds., The New Localism: Comparative Urban Politics in a Global Era (Newberry Park, CA: Sage Publications, 1993)

Gray, Margaret Labor and the Locavore: The Making of a Comprehensive Food Ethic (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013)

Great Britain (2011), Localism Bill July, 2011: Elizabeth II (2011) London: The Stationery Office

Jack P. Greene, Peripheries and Center: Constitutional Development in the Extended Polities of the British Empire and the United States, 1607-1788 (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1986)

Benjamin Greenwood Gregg, Coping in Politics With Indeterminate Norms: A Theory of Enlightened Localism (New York: SUNY Press, 2003)

Julie Guthman, Agrarian Dreams: The Paradox of Organic Farming in California (California Studies in Critical Human Geography) (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014)

Julie Guthman, Weighing In: Obesity, Food Justice, and the Limits of Capitalism (California Studies in Food and Culture)  (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2011)

Steve Hanson, Small Towns, Austere Times: The Dialectics of Deracinated Localism (Winchester: Zero, 2014)

Dolores Hayden, The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as public History (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1995)

Jeffrey R. Henig and Frederick M. Hess, “The Declining Significance of Space and Geography,” The Phi Delta Kappan, Vol. 92, No. 3 (November 2010), pp. 57-61

David J. Hess, Localist Movements in a Global Economy: Sustainability, Justice, and Urban Development in the United States (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2013)

William B. Hixson, Search for the American Right Wing: An Analysis of the Social Science Record, 1955-1987 (Princeton: Princeton university Press, 1992)

Michael F. Holt, The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War (New York: Oxford University Press, 1999)

Reginald Horsman, “Nantucket’s Peace Treaty with England in 1814” New England Quarterly 54:180 (1981)

Hu Chun Hui Zhu, Early localism and the federalist (Beijing: Chinese Social Science Press, 1991)

Hu Chun Hui, Republic of China localism and associated provincial autonomy (updated version) (Beijing: Chinese Social Science Press, 2011)

F. Hussey, Localisms; Rhymes; Songs: Newburg, Winterport (Winterport, Advertiser Job Print, 1903) Free download from https://ia600806.us.archive.org/25/items/localismsrhymess00huss/localismsrhymess00huss.pdf

Frederic Jameson, The Seeds of Time (New York: Columbia University Press, 1994)

Ade Kearns, “Active citizenship and local governance: political and geographical dimensions,” Political Geography 14 (1995 ): 155–177

Parag Khanna, “The End of the Nation State,” New York Times (October 15, 2013)

E.W. Kelley, Policy and Politics in the United States: The Limits of Localism (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1987)

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David Korten, When Corporations Rule the World: 20th Anniversary Edition (Oakland: Berrett-Koehler, 2015)   

David Korten, Collected columns for Yes! Magazine can be found here.

Kathleen Smith Kutolowski, “Anti-Masonry Reexamined: Social Basis of the Grassroots Party,” Journal of American History 71 (September 1984)

Naomi E. Lamoreaux, “Rethinking the Transition to Capitalism in the Early American Northeast, “ Journal of American History 90 (September 2003)

Alan Lawton and Michael Macaulay, “Localism in Practice: Investigating Citizen Participation and Good Governance in Local Government Standards of Conduct,” Public Administration Review, Vol. 74, No. 1 (JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014), pp. 75-83

Raymond Leigh, “Localism in Environmental Policy: New Insights from an Old Case,” Policy Science 35 (2002): 179-201

Arthur S. Link, “What Happened to the Progressive Movement in the 1920s?” American Historical Review 64:4 (1959): 833-851

Erik Luna, “Race, Crime, and Institutional Design: The New Data: Over-Representation of Minorities in the Criminal Justice System,” Law and Contemporary Problems, Vol. 66, No. 3,  (Summer, 2003), pp. 183-220

Pauline Maier, Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution. 1787-1788 (New York: 2010)

Liz Manning, Localism in Australian Radio: A Commercial Radio Case Study (??: VDM Verlag, 2009)

Cathy D. Matson and Peter S. Onuf, A Union of Interests: Political and Economic Thought in Revolutionary America (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1990)

Wilfred M. McClay and Ted V. McAllister (eds), Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Civic Life in Modern America (Encounter Books, 2014) 

Stacy K. McGoldrick and Andrea McArdle, Uniform Behavior: Police Localism and National Politics (New York: Palgrave McMillan, 2006)

Joshua Miller, The Rise and Fall of Democracy in Early America, 1630-1789: The Legacy for Contemporary Politics (University Park: PSU Press, 1991)

Philip M. Napoli, Media Diversity and Localism: Meaning and Metrics (LEA’s Communication Series) (New York: Routledge, 2006)

Marion Nestle, Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health (New York: Barnes and Noble, 2015)

Paul Douglas Newman, Fries’s Rebellion: The Enduring Struggle for the American Revolution (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004)

Edward C. Page, Localism and Centralism in Europe: The Political and Legal Bases of Local Self Government (London: Oxford University Press, 1992)

Marc Parry, “Scholar Behind U. of Illinois Boycotts Is a Longtime Activist” Chronicle of Higher Education (September 19, 2014) online

Harold J. Plous and Gordon E. Baker, “Review: McCulloch v. Maryland Right Principle, Wrong Case,” Stanford Law Review, Vol. 9, No. 4 (Jul., 1957), pp. 710-730 

Michael Pollan, The omnivore’s dilemma : a natural history of four meals (New York : Penguin Press, 2006)

Robert Putnam, Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Communities (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000).

Douglas S. Reed, Building the Federal Schoolhouse: Localism and the American Education State (Studies in Postwar American Political Development) (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014)

John Phillip Reid, The Concept of Representation in the Age of the American Revolution (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989)

Simon Ricketts and Duncan Field, Localism and Planning (London: Bloomsbury Professional, 2012)

Andrew W. Robertson, Political Rhetoric in the United States and Britain, 1790-1900 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1995)


Corey Robin, The Reactionary Mind: Conservatism From Edmund Burke to Sarah Palin (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011)

Corey Robin, Fear: the History of a Political Idea (New York: Oxford University Press, 2004)

Cormac Russell, Asset Based Community Development (ABCD): Looking Back to Look Forward: In conversation with John McKnight about the intellectual and practical heritage of ABCD and its place in the world today (Chicago: Asset Based Community Development, 2015)

David Paul Russo, “The Origins of Local in the U.S. Country Press,” Journalism Monographs 65 (February 1980): 1-43

Bassel F. Salloukh and Rex Brynen (eds), Persistent Permeability?: Regionalism, Localism, and Globalization in the Middle East (International Political. Economy of New Regionalism Series) (Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publications LTD, 2004)

Michael Schudson, The Good Citizen: A History of American Civic Life (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998)

E.F. Schumacher, Small Is Beautiful: A Study of Economics As If People Mattered (London: Blond & Biggs, 1973) Full text online here200px-SmallIsBeautiful1973

Greg Smith, Faith, Progressive Localism & the Hol(e)y Welfare Safety Net (Chester: William Temple Foundation, 2015)

David M Smith and Enid Wistrich, Devolution and Localism in England (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014)

Jaro Stacul, The Bounded Field: Localism and Local Identity in an Italian Alpine Valley (New Directions in Anthropology, 18) (New York: Berghahn Books, 2013)

Marion William Steele, MoÌ” hitotsu no kindai: Localism and nationalism in modern Japanese history : Sokumen kara mita bakumatsu meiji (Japan: Perikansha, 1998)

Kiran Singh Sirah, “Building Peace Through Storytelling” Rotary Voices (September 19, 2014)

David O. Stewart, Madison’s Gift: Five Partnerships That Built America (New York: Simon and Schuster, 2015) Review by Art Menius

Thomas J. Sugrue, “All Politics is Local: The Persistence of Localism in Twentieth Century America,” pp. 301-326 in Meg Jacobs, William J. Novak & Julian E. Zelizer, eds. The Democratic Experiment: New Directions in American Political History (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003)

Dick Syatt, Country Talk: The complete book of localisms, bright regional remarks and baldfaced Insults (Secaucus: Citadel Press, 1980)

Charles S. Syndor, The Development of Southern Sectionalism, 1819-1848 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1948)

Kwok-kan Tam, Wimal Dissanayake, and Terry Siu-han Yip, eds. Sights of Contestation: Localism, Globalism, and Cultural Production in Asia and the Pacific (Hong Kong: The Chinese University Press, 2002)

Larry E. Tise, The American Counterrevolution: A Retreat from Liberty, 1783-1800 (Mechanicsburg: Stackpole Books, 1998)

Elizabeth U, Raising Dough: The Complete Guide to Financing a Socially Responsible Food Business (White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 2013)

United States Congress Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, Preservation Of Localism, Program Diversity, And Competition In Television Broadcast Services Act Of 2003 (??: Scholars Choice, 2015) Free download from here

US Government Printing Office, S. Hrg. 110-1104: Localism, Diversity, and Media Ownership (Washington: US Government Printing Office, 2013) Free download from here

Angela Del Vecchio, International Courts and Tribunals between Globalisation and Localism (The Hague: Eleven International Publishing, 2013)

 Theodore Voorhees,  “Departure from the Top,” American Bar Association  Journal, Vol. 64, No. 4 (April 1978), pp. 611-612

Adam Werbach,  Act Now, Apologize Later (New York: Cliff Street Books,  October 29, 1997) 

Good Morning Beautiful BusinessJudy Wicks, Good Morning, Beautiful Business – the Unexpected Journey of an Activist Entrepreneur and Local Economy Pioneer (White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green, 2013)

Robert Wiebe, The Opening of American Society: From the Adoption of the Constitution to the Eve of Disunion (New York: Random House 1984)

Arthur E. Wilmarth, Jr. “The Original Purpose of the Bill of Rights” American Criminal Law Review 26 (1989)

Edith E, Ziegler, Schools in the Landscape: Localism, Cultural Tradition, and the Development of Alabama’s Public Education System, 1865-1915 (Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama Press, 2010)

Michael Zuckerman, Peaceable Kingdoms: New England Towns in the Eighteenth Century (New York, 1970)


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