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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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A localist future?

A localist future?

(p.197) Seven A localist future?
Locating Localism

Jane Wills

Policy Press

This chapter concludes the book. It highlights the fact that the four different research projects – Poplar’s Neighbourhood Community Budget, Lambeth’s local government, neighbourhood planning and community organising in east London – all exposed the importance of citizens having the institutional infrastructure required to engage in localist statecraft. In each case, people needed an independent neighbourhood forum in order to represent their own diversity, identify a shared agenda, negotiate with state-funded organisations and organise activity to promote their work. The chapter looks at the development of Queen’s Park Community Council in West London as an example of the potential of this kind of organisation to shape local politics. The chapter ends by highlighted the unexpected – and counter-cultural – emergence of parish-scale civic organisation as being critical to good government in twenty-first century England.

Keywords:   neighbourhood forum, Localist statecraft, Queen’s Park Community Council, institutional infrastructure, local politics

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