in Real Democracy

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780226077963
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226077987 | DOI:

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The remarkable democratic potential of Vermont's geography was compromised from the beginning when the Crown-appointed governor of New Hampshire formed Vermont's 251 towns in a checkerboard of 251 similar-sized squares. No attention was paid to bioregional integrity. Although minor adjustments have been made to accommodate the more egregious disconnections between governance and geography, the grid map of the towns in the year 2000 looked almost exactly as it did in the year 1800. In the aggregate, Vermont's geography is conducive to the small town and thus fundamentally supportive of real democracy. But the bioregional insults “granted” to Vermont by New Hampshire have made town-based democracy more difficult.

Keywords: small town; regional geography; Vermont; town-based democracy; town meeting; community

Chapter.  13076 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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