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State Capitals Today

State Capitals Today

Symbols of American Democracy

(p.308) 10 State Capitals Today
American Capitals
Christian Montès
University of Chicago Press

This chapter concludes the study by addressing the question of the changes in the place of capitals in today’s United States. On the one side, capitals rule the states in an immaterial way, active memories of the ideal political order set up by the Founding Fathers, largely differing from contemporary economic metropolitan systems. On the other side, they are now following more closely the path of other cities, owing to their advantages in the knowledge economy. However, “capitol campuses” remain often distinct from the rest of capital cities.

Keywords:   Territorial organization, American democracy, Memory, Knowledge economy, Capitol campus

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