Advocates of "economic democracy" complain that plant closings
and relocations leave communities disrupted and local tax bases
eroded. They propose remedies that would greatly restrict the
mobility of businesses and in some cases require "restitution"
payments to the affected community. The plant closing battle has
shifted from Washington, D.C. to the states, with at least 21
states introducing restrictive legislation. In these essays,
Professor Richard McKenzie and other authors take a critical look
at plant closing laws and industrial policy.