Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Conservatism and Decentralization

"Can government be limited if power becomes centralized?" asks Allan C. Carlson — Centralization. His first paragraph:
    In a political context, “centralization” refers to the growth in power and authority of the modern state that comes at the expense of localisms such as kin, town, religious community, and custom. It represents the application of a detailed set of laws over the daily lives of persons and organic institutions in distinct localities. Conservatives see the contest between the central state and particularistic, customary institutions as lying at the core of modern politics, with their sympathies usually favoring localism.

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