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The tendency in many countries (in both the North and the South) toward increased public concern with institutions and issues of a local nature.

Richard Stren. 2001. "Urban Governance and Politics in a Global context: The Growing Importance of Localities" in Yusuf et al, eds. Facets of Globalization. International and Local Dimensions of Development. Washington: The World Bank, 147-170. 


Localism is the way cities organize and position themselves within the new globalized economic system. The combined effects of heightened civil society activity in many countries (e.g. environmental movements, identity groups with claims for recognition, local organizational representatives of global NGOs), decentralization giving more powers to local governments, and increased importance of local development strategies to attract outside capital investment in a more competitive international environment have enhanced the importance of local jurisdictions.

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