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Statecraft, Citizenship and Democracy
Author: Jane Wills

Locating localism explores the development of localism as a new mode of statecraft and its implications for the practice of citizenship. Drawing on original research, Jane Wills highlights the importance of having the civic infrastructure and capacity to facilitate the engagement of citizens in local decision making. She looks at the development of community organising, neighbourhood planning and community councils that identify and nurture the energies, talents and creativity of the population to solve their own problems and improve our world.

Combining political theory with attention to political practice, the book takes the long view of this new policy development, positioning it in relation to the political geo-history of the British state. In so doing, it highlights the challenges of the state devolving itself and the importance of citizens having the freedom, incentives and institutions needed to act.

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Author: Jane Wills

7 ONE Making sense of localism Broadly speaking, localism comprises a shift in policy making and practice to decentralise political power towards local institutions and local people. Thus far, localism amounts to a series of experiments in statecraft and shifting expectations around citizenship. Some of these developments – in policy, local government, planning and community organising – provide the focus for much of the detail in later parts of this book. For now, however, this chapter aims to set the scene, setting localism in its wider geo

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Power to the people?

Governments around the world are seeing the locality as a key arena for effecting changes in governance, restructuring state/civil society relations and achieving sustainable growth. This is the first book to critically analyse this shift towards localism in planning through exploring neighbourhood planning; one of the fastest growing, most popular and most contentious contemporary planning initiatives.

Bringing together original empirical research with critical perspectives on governance and planning, the book engages with broader debates on the purposes of planning, the construction of active citizenship, the uneven geographies of localism and the extent to which power is actually being devolved. Setting this within an international context with cases from the US, Australia and France the book reflects on the possibilities for the emergence of a more progressive form of localism.

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Author: Martin Jones

19 2 Spaces of welfare localism: geographies of locality making Martin Jones Introduction Responsibility for the development and oversight of social security policy in Great Britain (GB) has for many years been strongly centralised  … In recent years, however, the assumptions underpinning these arrangements have been challenged: the idea that ‘one size fits all’ is no longer accepted; hoped for economies of scale are contrasted with the need to flex both policy and delivery to local circumstances; and there is increased demand for devolution to Scotland

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Authors: James Rees and Nigel Rose

81 Voluntary Sector Review • vol 6 • no 1 • 81–91 • © Policy Press 2015 • #VSR Print ISSN 2040 8056 • Online ISSN 2040 8064 • http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204080515X14251102462656 policy review New ‘new localism’ or the emperor’s new clothes: diverging local social policies and state–voluntary sector relations in an era of localism James Rees, j.e.rees@bham.ac.uk University of Birmingham, UK Nigel Rose, nigel@macc.org.uk Macc (Manchester Alliance for Community Care), UK This paper aims to examine what the policy, practice and academic implications are of

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1 part one Democracy, planning and localism 2 Neighbourhood planning

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409 Policy & Politics • vol 43 • no 3 • 409–27 • © Policy Press 2013 Print ISSN 0305 5736 • Online ISSN 1470 8442 • http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/030557312X655594 article Developing a better understanding of community foundations in the uK’s localisms Tobias Jung1 (tobias.jung.1@city.ac.uk) Jenny Harrow ( j.harrow@city.ac.uk) City University London, UK Susan D. Phillips (susan_phillips@carleton.ca), Carleton University, Canada Recent policy emphases in the United Kingdom (UK) show growing attention to localism interconnected with philanthropy. This appears to

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23 THREE localism and its antecedents The ‘localism’ of the UK coalition government is rooted in some of the ideas introduced in the last chapter. It connects with a participatory and collaborative (or ‘iterative’) understanding of how the structures of governance should function (Corry and Stoker, 2002; Stoker, 2004, 2007) and, like other collaborative approaches that operate at the interface with ‘communities of interest’, is viewed as an antithesis to centralised control, exerted through executive decision-making structures. With individualisation and

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Introduction The rhetoric and practice of ‘localism’ has attracted significant support from both the political Left and Right in the UK in recent years, with policymaking power considered excessively centralised in England, in particular, as compared with other Western European countries ( Hildreth, 2011 ). At its simplest, localism has been described as a ‘positive disposition to the decentralization of political power’ ( Clarke and Cochrane, 2013 : 10), with such decentralisation thought to offer a wide range of public policy benefits, including ‘diversity

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Author: Sue Brownill

Introduction This chapter explores the role of planning’s publics within the emergent technocratic landscapes of planning. This is of particular importance given the widely acknowledged fragmentation of contemporary planning and urban governance. On the one hand there are the moves towards greater centralisation, technocratisation and privatisation where community voices and knowledge are excluded; arguably the spaces on which much of the research on technocracies has been focused. On the other are experiments in localism and aspirations for the

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