Louis E. Swanson

Journal article

Rural policy and direct local participation: Democracy, inclusiveness, collective agency, and locality-based policy

During the closing decades of the twentieth century, the federal government has experienced a period of delegitimation and fiscal crisis that has led to decentralization of some federal programs and a fledgling revival of community- and place-based policies. Historic and recent records of locality-based policies...
Journal article

Local economic development in an age of devolution: The question of rural localities*

There is limited recent research on the strategies that rural local governments are employing in the face of changing intergovernmental relationships, especially in relation to local economic development. This paper draws on data from a survey of local governments in the Ohio River Valley Region...