New Localism: Reimagining Power in a Populist Age


Bruce Katz

The Brookings Institution

Jeremy Nowak

Lindy Institute For Urban Innovation At Drexel University

Power is shifting in the world: downward from national governments and states to cities and metropolitan communities, where policy is less partisan and more pragmatic.

Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak argue that this new locus of power—this new localism—is emerging by necessity to solve the grand challenges characteristic of modern societies: economic competitiveness, social inclusion and opportunity; a renewed public life; the challenge of diversity; and the imperative of environmental sustainability. Where rising populism on the right and the left exploits the grievances of those left behind in the global economy, new localism has developed as a mechanism to address them head on.

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