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These decentralists supported early New Deal measures like the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Rural Electrification Administration.
To illustrate this point, the second part of this article examines democratic experimentalism--an influential decentralist legal reform movement that owes a great deal to the work of Charles Sabel.
74) Like other decentralist reformers of his time, Brandeis argued that the problem with market concentration was political--not simply economic.
Brandeis articulated a decentralist vision of political economy that he attempted to inscribe into law.
Or, to put the point another way, progressive decentralist legal scholars tend not to directly challenge the neoliberal consensus on market size or scale as a primary organizing principle for economic activity, even as they argue for enhanced forms of democratic participation and self-determination in legal and political institutions.
The decentralists were among the earliest critics of the notion that large industry was inherently more efficient, noting that economies of scale frequently could be met by smaller factories, ones with fewer external costs that would offer fewer abuses to a democratic polity.
The decentralists had a concrete awareness of the ways and means of corporate power that was way ahead of many of today's conservative thinkers, who believe that the marketplace will suffice to check this ever-boiling force of business power.
To the agrarians and decentralists of 80 years ago, the distinction was democratically unsustainable.
What the decentralists were pushing for was the supremacy of individual property rights that "secure life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," over the property rights of incorporated entities possessing a "legal-social structure of privilege and concentration completely alien" to the agrarians' notions of a democratic society.
Should a situation where an active central state supports local governments be read as 'successful' decentralisation, given that decentralists consider autonomy a virtue?
The populist decentralists, given their critique of Quebec's role in Ottawa over the last generation, are somewhat less opposed to the province's departure.
My colleague Gordon Gibson has spelled out a decentralist model for the federal government which does not require constitutional change.