But that turnaround in its reputation had happened only because Dawson and others had vigorously extolled the virtues of municipalism
for a generation before.
Like those of us who support participatory economics, advocates of libertarian municipalism
, ecosocialism, and communitarian anarchism all argue that there is no place for either private enterprise or markets in a truly desirable economy.
Bookchin named his concrete political project for the remaking of society Libertarian Municipalism
For Bookchin, libertarian municipalism
is the political philosophy of social ecology of the concrete political dimension of Communalism.
In the essays, he lays out his theory of social ecology, which connects the will to dominate nature to the emergence of human hierarchies and later the development of capitalism; discusses the role of the city in developing a radical ecological politics; defends social ecology against other trends of environmental and social thought; and describes his theory of communalism, an attempt to go beyond what he perceived as the failures of Marxism, anarchism, and revolutionary syndicalism, along with its relationship to libertarian municipalism
The welfare municipalism
began in the mid 1980s and that was transformed into the cultural municipalism
of the 1990s, and application to the European Union added more criteria to the Turkish administrative structure.
Patrizia Dogliani, <<European Municipalism
in the First Half of the Twentieth Century: The Socialist Network>>, ibid.
This is something that would have been well understood by Chamberlain in the days long before local authorities began to regard the voluntary sector dismissively and relied on a mis-placed faith in the ability of one-size-fits-all municipalism
to get things done.
So here's the choice: Scrap a few MSPs and watch Labour municipalism
tightens its grip on our fledgling democracy.
Significant for its far-reaching scope and positioning of social ecology and libertarian municipalism
under the "communalist" banner, the piece begins with an impassioned plea:
A hundred years ago Joseph Chamberlain in his speech, reported almost word for word in the then local press (I wish that was the same these days), analysed the problems facing local government and at the top of his list was low turnout and public apathy - and that was in the heyday of municipalism
The highlights of the collection include an historical explanation by Engin Isin of why, in spite of a period of liberal municipalism
in the 1830s and 1840s, discourse about the centrality of municipalities fell out of the confederation debates; an exploration of the face of the feminist city by Caroline Andrew; and a reprint of Jane Jacobs article, "Cities and the Wealth of Nations.