Localist Resources: Books and Articles – Theory, Practice, and Philosophy

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Kingsolver front coverPhilip Ackerman-Leist, Rebuilding the Foodshed How to Create Local, Sustainable, and Secure Food Systems  (White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2013)

Ben Adler, “What Can Small Cities Do To Fight Climate Change” Mother Jones (September 15, 2014) link

BALLE A Guide to Community Capital

Peter Barnes, Liberty and Dividends for All: How to Save Our Middle Class When Jobs Don’t Pay Enough (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2014) more information

Wendell Berry, The Unsettling of America: Culture & Agriculture (Sierra Club Books, 1977)

Leni Beukema and Jorge Hector Carrillo Viveros, Globalism/Localism at Work, (Volume 13 Research in the Sociology of Work) (Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2004)

Peter Block, Community: The Structure of Belonging, (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2009)

Giles Blunden, Road Map to Generosity Farm (Carrboro, NC: Tim Toben and Giles Blunden, 2015)

Grace Lee BoggsGrace Lee Boggs, The Next American Revolution: Sustainable Activism for the Twenty-first Century (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012)

Tom Borrup, The Creative Community Builders Handbook: How to Transform Communities Using Local Assets, Art, and Culture (Saint Paul: Fieldstone Alliance, 2009)

Cecil Bothwell, Gorillas in the Myth: A Duck Soup Reader (Asheville: Brave Ulysses Books, 2008) PO Box 1877; Asheville, NC 28802 

Joel K. Bourne Jr., The End of Plenty: The Race to Feed a Crowded World (New York: W.W. Norton, 2015) End of Plenty

Mark Boyle, The Moneyless Manifesto: Live Well, Live Rich, Live Free (White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2013)

Ben Brangwyn and Rob Hopkins, The Transition Primer (The Transition Network, 2008) free download

With_Liberty-210x315Hal Brill, Michael Kramer, Christopher Peck with Jim Cummings, The Resilient Investor: A Plan for Your Life, Not Just Your Money (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2015)

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

Susan Clark and Woden Slow DemocracyTeachout, Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home (White River Junction: Chelsea Green, 2012) Review of Slow Democracy by Samantha Haas

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

Edward R. Cole, “Radical localism in the Network Society” online

Congressional Research Office, Reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA) (Washington DC: GPO, 2014)

Dan Corry and Warren Hatter, Joining Up; Local Democracy: Governance Systems for New Localism (London: New Local Government Network, 2004)

Dan Corry and Gerry Stocker, New Localism: Refashioning the Centre-local Relationship (London: New Local Government Network, 2003)

Dan Corry, et.al. New Localism in Action: Transport (London: NLGN, 2015) Free download from http://www.nlgn.org.uk/pdfs/upload/New%20Localism%20in%20Action-Transport.pdf

Amy Cortese, “A Way for Local Businesses to Grow,” New York Times, October 24, 2014)


Amy Cortese, Locavesting: The Revolution in Local Investing (New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2011)


Amy Cortese, “Locavestors,” New York Times Magazine (December 14, 2008) 

Department for Communities and Local Government, Communities in control: real people, real power (London: TSO, 2008)

James Crabtree and William Davies, Invisible Villages: techno-localism and the enabling council (London: New Local Government Network, 2007)

Robert L. Crowson Jr. and Ellen B. Goldring, The New Localism in American Education (Hoboken: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)

Robert L. Crowson Jr. and Ellen B. Goldring, “The New Localism: Re-examining Issues of Neighborhood and Community in Public Education,” Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education Volume 108, Number 1, 2009: 1-24 Free download from http://nsse-chicago.org/free/26_2971.pdf

Aman Dalvi OBE et al, Working Together. Delivering Growth Through Localism (London: Department for Communities and Local Government, 2011) free download from http://www.integreatplus.com/sites/default/files/growth_and_localism.pdf

Simin Davoudi and Ali Madanipour (Editors), Reconsidering Localism (RTPI Library Series) (New York: Routledge, 2015)

Michael Devitt, Coming to Our Senses. A Naturalistic Program for Semantic Localism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Christopher L. Eisgruber and Andras Sajo, eds. Global Justice and the Bulwarks of Localism: Human Rights in Context (Boston: Brill Academic Publications, 2005)

Gustavo Esteva and Madhu Suri, Grassroots Post-modernism: Remaking the Soil of Cultures (London: Zed Press, 2014)

 Lyle Estill, Small Stories, Big Changes: Agents of Change on the Frontlines of Sustainability (Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2013)

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

Deborah Frieze and Margaret Wheatley, Walk Out Walk On: A LEARNING JOURNEY INTO COMMUNITIES DARING TO LIVE THE FUTURE NOW (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2011)

John Gastil, Dan M. Kahan, and Donald Braman, “The Good News about the Culture Wars,” Boston Review, March/April 2006
Wanda George, Heather Reid, and Donald G. Mair, Rural Tourism Development: Localism and Cultural Change (Tourism and Cultural Change) (Bristol: Channel View Publications, 2012)

Michael J. Goldsmith and Edward C. Page, eds. Changing Government Relations in Europe: From localism to intergovernmentalism (New York: Routledge, 2010)


Alexis Goldstein, “Vermonters Lobby for a Public Band and Win Millions for Local Investment Instead,” YES! Magazine (January 7, 2015)

Samuel Gregg, Banking, Justice, and the Common Good (Grand Rapids: Acton Institute, 2012)

Graham Haughton and Philip Allmendinger, eds., Spatial Planning and the New Localism (New York: Routledge, 2015)

Carol Peppe Hewitt, Financing Our Foodshed: Growing Local Food With Slow Money (Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2013) Review by Art Menius of RadicalLocalism.com

Robert L. Hilliard, The Quieted Voice: The Rise and Demise of Localism in American Radio (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 2005)

Steve Hitchins, editor, Lib Dems and Localism: An NLGN series of party pamphlets (London: NLGN, 2006) Free Download from http://www.nlgn.org.uk/pdfs/upload/Lib%20Dems%20and%20Localism_Summary02.pdf

Ryan Honeyman, The B Corp Handbook: How to Use Business as a Force for Good (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2014)

Rob Hopkins, The Power of Just Doing Stuff: How Local Action Can Change the World (London: UIT Cambridge Ltd, 2013) Review by Art Menius of RadicalLocalism.com

Rob Hopkins, The Transition Companion: Making Your Community More Resilient in Uncertain Times (White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2011)

Rob Hopkins and Peter Lipman, Who We Are and What We Do (Totnes: The Transition Network, 2009)

Simon Jenkins, Big Bang Localism A Rescue Plan For British Democracy (London: Policy Exchange, 2004)

Si Kahn, Creative Community Organizing: A Guide for Rabble-Rousers, Activist & Quiet Lovers of Justice (San Francisco: B-K, 2010)

Marjorie Kelly and Sarah McKinley, Cities Building Community Wealth (Takoma Park, MD: Democracy Collaborative, November 2015) free PDF download  CitiesBuildingCommunityWealth-Web_Page_01

Marjorie Kelly and Shanna Ratner, “A Different Kind of Ownership Society” Yes! Magazine (August 3, 2010) http://www.yesmagazine.org/new-economy/a-different-kind-of-ownership-society

Daniel Kemmis, Community and the Politics of Place (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1990)

Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (New York: Harper Perennial, 2008)

David Korten, Change the Story, Change the Future: A Living Economy for a Living Earth (Oakland: Berrett-Koehler, 2015) Review by Art Menius of RadicalLocalism.com

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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.

David Korten, Agenda for  a New Economy (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2010)

John P. Kretzmann and John L. McKnight, Building Communities from the Inside Out (Chicago: ACTA, 1993)

Valerie Lemmie, “Democracy Beyond the Ballot Box: A New Role for Elected Officials, City Managers, and Citizens” (Dayton: Kettering Foundation, 2008) Free pdf download

Greg LeRoy, No More Candy Store (Washington, DC: Grassroots Policy Project, 1994) Free pdf downloadJob Scam

Greg LeRoy, The Great American Job Scam: Corporate Tax Dodging and the Myth of Job Creation (Oakland: Berrett-Koehler, 2005)

Eric Loefflad, Decentralised Governance, Transnational Legalism, and the Violent Remains of the State: A Critique of ‘Radical Localism’ as Tool of Economic Globalisation download here

Michelle and Derek Long, A BALLE Manual (Bellingham: BALLE, 2012)

Michelle and Derek Long, Think Local First: A How To Manual (San Francisco: BALLE, 2005)

Linda Manney, Eleftheria Arapoglou, and Yiorgos Kalogeras eds, Transcultural Localisms: Responding to Ethnicity in a Globalized World (American Studies a Monograph Series) (Heidelberg: Universitäts verlag Winter, 2006)

Kathryn A. McDermott, Controlling Public Education: Localism versus Equity (Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, 1999)

John McKnight and Peter Block, The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods (San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2010)

Lorie Medina, Community Organizing for Conservatives: A Manifesto for Localism in the Tea Party Movement (New York: Broadside/Harper Collins, 2011) 21 pages Review by Art Menius of radicallocalism.com

Daphne Miller, M.D. Farmacology: What Innovative Family Farming Can Teach Us About Health and Healing (New York: William Morrow, Apr 16, 2013)

Stacy Mitchell, Big-Box Swindle: The True Cost of Megaretailers and the Fight for America’s Independent Business (Boston: Beacon Press,  2007)

Sudha Mohan, Urban Development and New Localism (Mumbai: Rawat Publications, 2005)

Barry J. Moltz and Becky McCray, Small Town Rules: How Big Brands and Small Businesses Can Prosper in a Connected Economy (Indianapolis: Que, 2012)

Mark Moore, Localism: A Philosophy of Government (Lexington, KY: The Ridge Enterprise Group, 2014) Review by Art Menius of radicallocalism.com

Mark Moore, Localism Defended: The Narrow Path between Anarchy and the Central State (Lexington: Ridge Enterprise Group, 2015)

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David Morris and Karl Hess, Neighborhood Power: Returning Political and Economic Power to Community Life (Boston: Beacon Press, 1975)

Gina Murphy-Darling, Your Mother Called (Mother Earth)… You’d Better Call her Back (Tuscon: Wheatmark, 2013)

Lisa Nandy et.al., Labour’s Local Offer: Ideas for a Radical Local Manifesto (London:New Local Government Network, 2014) Available as a free download from http://www.nlgn.org.uk/public/wp-content/uploads/Labours-Local-Offer.pdf

NCDD Engagement Streams Framework (July 2013) Free PDF download

New Local Government Network, Pacing Lyons: Challenges to the Local State (London: NLGN, 2006) Free download from http://www.nlgn.org.uk/pdfs/upload/Challenges%20to%20the%20Local%20State%20-%20Final%20Version.pdf

New Local Government Network, Labour and Localism an NLGN series of Party Pamphlets (London: NLGN, 2006)

New Local Government Network, New Local, New Finance (London: New Local Government Network, 2003)

New Local Government Network, Conservatives and Localism: An NLGN Series of Party Pamphlets (London: NLGN, 2007)

E.M. Noam and A.J. Wolfson, eds, Globalism and Localism in Telecommunications (??: Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 1997)

Nomura Institution, Freedom from money renewal capitalism: or die in the QE deflation (Seattle: Kindle Ebooks, 2015)

Peter North, Local Money: How to Make It Happen in Your Community (Cambridge: UIT Cambridge, 2010)

Tim O’Riordan, Global Localism and Identity (New York: Routledge, 2001)

George Packer, “Cheap Words: Amazon is good for Customers, but is it Good for BooksThe New Yorker (February 17, 2014)

power from the peopleGreg Pahl, Power from the People How to Organize, Finance, and Launch Local Energy Projects (White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2012)

Simon Parker et.al., Conservative Local Offer: Ideas for a Radical Localist Manifesto (London: New Local Government Network, 2015) Available as a free download from http://www.nlgn.org.uk/public/wp-content/uploads/Conservatives-Local-Offer.pdf

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

Peter Pennekampf with Anne Focke, “Philanthropy and the Regeneration of Community Democracy” (Dayton: Kettering Foundation, 2013) Free pdf download

Rebecca Popham, “The Storyteller’s Art – Bringing Ancient Wisdom and the Philosophy of Ubuntu to Life” Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation (August 31, 2014)

Lawrence Pratchett, “Local Autonomy, Local Democracy and the ‘New Localism’” Political Studies 52 (June 2004): 358-375

Mike Raco, State Led Privatisation and the Demise of the Democratic State: Welfare Reform and Localism in an Era of Regulatory Capitalism (London: Ashgate, 2013

Ben Rogers et al, What’s Next for Localism? (London: National Association of Local Councils, 2012)

Carrie Rollwagen, The Localist: Think Independent, Buy Local and Reclaim the American Dream (Birmingham, AL: Carrie Rollwagen, 2015) Review by Art Menius of RadicalLocalism.com

Joel Salatin, Fields of Farmers: Interning, Mentoring, Partnering, Germinating (Swoope, VA: Polyface, 2013)

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

Michael Schwarz and Diane Krabbendam, Sustainist Design Guide: How Sharing, Localism, Connectedness and Proportionality Are Creating a New Agenda for Social Design (??: BIS Press, 2013)

Michael Shuman, Going Local: New Opportunities for Community Economies (Great Barrington: Schumacher Center for a New Economics, 2002)

Michael Shuman, Local Stock Exchanges: The Next Wave of Community Economy Building (Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures Book 27) (Great Barrington: Schumacher Center for a New Economics, 2007)

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Michael H. Shuman, The Local Economy Solution: How Innovative, Self-Financing “Pollinator Enterprises Can Grow Jobs and Prosperity (White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2015) Review by Art Menius of RadicalLocalism.com

Michael H. Shuman, The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Business are Beating the Global Competition (San Francisco: Barrett-Koehler, 2006)

Michael H. Shuman, Local Dollars, Local Sense How to Shift Your Money from Wall Street to Main Street and Achieve Real Prosperity (White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2012)

Michael H. Shuman, Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age (Routledge, 2000)

Michael H. Shuman and Kate Poole, Growing Local Living Economies: A Grassroots Approach to Economic Development (Bellingham: BALLE, 2011)

Chris Smaje, “Magical Mathematics,”Small Farm Future: Making the case for a small farm renaissance (December 10, 2015)  http://smallfarmfuture.org.uk/?p=927

Chris Smaje, “Growth, Climate Change and the War of Numbers,” Statistics Views (December 8, 2010)  http://www.statisticsviews.com/details/feature/8642841/Growth-Climate-Change-and-the-War-of-Numbers.html

Christopher Smith and John Pattison, Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2014)

Gregory A. Smith, Place-Based Education in the Global Age: Local Diversity (New York: Routledge, 2007)

Dick Sorabji, Pacing Lyons: A Route Map to Localism (London: NLGN, 2006) Free download from http://www.nlgn.org.uk/pdfs/upload/Pacing%20Lyons%20-%20Executive%20Summary.pdf

John Stanton, Democratic Sustainability in aNew Era of Localism (New York: Routledge, 2015)

Dennis Stevenson, Jennifer Young, Margaret Brown, Sarah White, Jimmy Evens, Arthur Morris, James Wilson, Rebecca Simmons, Angela Collins, Localism Bill Vol. 1-14: Source Book Edition: Current Political Debates of the UK Parliament (55th Parliament/ Vol.1) (London: Discus, 2012)

Gerry Stoker, “New Localism, Progressive Politics and Democracy” The Political Quarterly (2004): 117-129 Free download from http://web.iaincirebon.ac.id/ebook/moon/LocalMatters/j.1467-923x.2004.627_1.x.pdf

Woody Tasch, Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money (White River Junction,  VT: Chelsea Green, 2013)

Natalie Terry, et. al. New Localism in Action: Housing and Sustainable Communities (London: NLGN, 2015) Free download from http://www.nlgn.org.uk/pdfs/upload/NLIA-HSC.pdf

Technology, and the Internet of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation United States Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (Washington: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015)

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

 [Adam Waldman],  “Localism 2.0: Empowering the Civic State” Respublica UK   (January 29, 2013)

Fiona Ward, Totnes & District Local Economic Blueprint (Totnes: Transition Town Totnes, 2013)

Gideon Weissman, Judee Burr, Bret Fanshaw and Rob Sargent, Solar on Superstores
How the Roofs of Big Box Stores Can Help America Shift to Clean Energy (Frontier Group and Environment America, 2016) AME Solar Stores Feb16

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

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


 Raymond De Young, The Localization Reader: Adapting to the Coming Downshift (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2014). Available on ResearchGate.net