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226.1T sec. 1 - Local Government Law (Spring 2011)
Instructor: Michelle Wilde Anderson (view instructor's teaching evaluations | profile)
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Meeting Time: MTu 2:10-3:25
Meeting Location: 12
Course Start: January 10, 2011
Course Control Number (1Ls): 49563
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 49562
Local governments exert tremendous influence over race relations, socioeconomic mobility, environmental health, and political empowerment. This course will investigate the law of American cities, counties, and special districts from three vantage points. We will first look at local governments within the federalist system, exploring and questioning the balance of power between local, state, and federal governments. Second, we will explore horizontal questions of power, including hierarchy and specialization among local governments; interlocal cooperation and competition; and the creation, expansion, and dissolution of local entities. Finally, at the government-to-citizen level, the course will explore the nature of local democracy, including direct citizen influence of local lawmaking through initiatives, referenda, alternative voting schemes, and non-electoral participation. Situated in areas ranging from major metropolises to rural subdivisions, we will evaluate the racial, environmental, and economic impacts of local policy. Local Government Law is an essential primer for work in public interest, environmental, land-use/real estate, and governmental settings.
This course may satisfy the Writing Requirement.
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