The Rise of Local Politics: A Global Review
Annual Review of Political Science
345 - 363 p.
Not all politics is local. Not even local politics is necessarily local. The reemergence of local politics is not comparable to the nationalization of politics but is rather an element making multilevel policies more or less interconnected. This global review (not including North America) suggests that the rise of local politics is explained by three set of processes—(a) democratization, including protest, (b) economic globalization, urbanization, and the deepening of territorial inequalities, and (c) decentralization or deconcentration and the rise of local governance and policies. The rise of local politics is not a revival of the past but an element of the politics of scale taking. All over the world, local politics is increasingly about policies, governance, and political choice.