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Local Government Law

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[ Regulatory & Policy ] as a Related Elective for those interested in Local Government : Students interested in learning more about the role of local governments in the public policy arena should consider taking one or more courses in this area. Cities and towns, driven by local concerns, are often innovators and experimenters as they attempt to find pragmatic solutions to specific problems. Their policy solutions sometimes spread to other cities and regions, and eventually influence even state and national policy.

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Local governments exert tremendous influence over socioeconomics, race relations, environmental health, political power, and housing and real estate. This public law course will investigate the law of these governments (including cities, counties, and special districts) from four vantage points: (1) local governments within the federalist system, including the balance of power between local, state, and federal governments; (2) horizontal questions of power, including hierarchy and specialization among local governments; interlocal cooperation and competition; and the creation, expansion, and dissolution of local entities; (3) innovative uses and delegations of local authority to achieve state or local public policy goals; and (4) the nature of local democracy and local finance, including citizen influence of local lawmaking through initiatives and referenda, alternative voting schemes, and responses to fiscal distress. Discussions and in-class projects in the course will be situated in locations ranging from rural towns to major metropolises across the country.

Course Style: A Substantive course teaches the law, theory, and policy in a particular area of law

Course Frequency: Offered once a year

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