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Title "The Cities, Government, Law, and Civil Society"
Date 2018
Author Heidi Li Feldman
Author Institution Georgetown University Law Center
External Link https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3282138
Abstract Cities often exemplify how government and law can enable civil society and all those encompassed by it. They show how government can promote and amplify collective action, not only at the local level but even at the international one. In the United States today, governments can and do provide resources for consonant and collective action even in nongovernmental settings. Governments also coordinate and cooperate alongside fellow actors such as citizen activist groups, small and large businesses, labor unions, universities and colleges, and other nongovernmental organizations. This is particularly apparent at the local level. By delving into local government, we gain a distinctive perspective on the intersection of government and law, on one hand, and civil society, on the other — on what that intersection does, can, and should be like. This paper develops a first iteration of a locality centered account of civil society and the role for government and law within it. I examine a particular municipality, the City of Pittsburgh, to provide a concrete example from which to generate ideas and judgements about the terrain and content of this localist account.
Source Florida State University Law Review
Citation 45 Fla. St. U. L. Rev. 615-640


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case U.S. v. City of Pittsburgh (PN-PA-0003)

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