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Locating LocalismStatecraft, Citizenship and Democracy$
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Jane Wills

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447323037

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447323037.001.0001

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The place of the people

The place of the people

(p.79) Three The place of the people
Locating Localism

Jane Wills

Policy Press

This chapter looks at the way in which the geographical balance of powers has shaped citizenship and expectations of government in England today. It looks at the mixed fortunes of government-led efforts to promote active citizenship. It includes data that explores the extent to which citizens desire and do engage in local activity. In this regard it highlights the legacy of an uneven distribution of civil society organisation and capacity in relation to the development of localist statecraft and citizenship today. It ends by looking at an example of a Neighbourhood Community Budget (NCB) in Poplar between 2011 and 2013. This example highlights the importance of having an independent community-led body that is able to legitimately represent the diversity of the local community and negotiate with state-funded organisations over shared goals. The absence of such a neighbourhood forum stymied the development of the NCB in this case.

Keywords:   active citizenship, civil society, Neighbourhood Community Budget, geographical balance of powers, citizenship, expectations

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