This survey course will combine a theoretical and a practical, hands-on approach to the subject. Emphasis will be given to the study of the institutions of local governance and the tensions between local authority and individual and property rights. The class will examine the viability of local government in view of financial constraints and state and regional incursions upon local control. Issues to be examined may include: prohibition of smoking tobacco in one’s own home; regulation of the shared economy (Uber and AirBnB, etc.), adult-use cannabis, and managing homelessness.