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McLane Teammates Reading Program

Cities, Local Government, and Local Governance

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The theme for the spring 2017 program was Cities, Local Government, and Local Governance. Participants explored a number of questions concerning the economics of cities.

More specifically, participants engaged debates about the importance of cities relative to other forms of social organization, reasons why some cities are growing and others are shrinking, the comparative viability of private alternatives to government provision of goods and services as well as the relevance of federalism in debates about governance.

In February 2017, participants attended a summit hosted at Southern Methodist University (SMU) with participants from the programs at SMU, Baylor University and the University of Central Arkansas. The summit featured formal remarks from Prof. Edward Glaeser focused on his research examining the determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission. Participants also engaged in interactive discussion groups on issues related to the program theme of cities, local government, and local governance.

The schedule of readings and topics of discussion for the spring 2017 McLane Teammates Reading Program can be found at the following link:

McLane Teammates Reading Program — Spring 2017 Reading List

Please contact the Free Market Institute with any questions by email at free.market@ttu.edu or by phone at 806.742.7138. 

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More general information about the program and application process can be found on the McLane Teammates Reading Program page.