Abstract:The left is in danger of dismissing localism because it sees theonly neo-liberal variants of New Labour and now the Coalition.This article discusses threedistinct responses to a deep crisis of governance and democracy in the English context – New Labour's centrally managed localism, the Coalition's laissez-faire localism and an emergent democratic version. Democratic localism, located in the new localism debates of the last decade, is based on a rebalanced state - a new culture of national politics and leadership, a strongly networked regional level and a highly participative local. The article goes on to argue that the left should show greater democratic intent by embracing the third version.It concludes by suggesting that there is a critical role for the political party in connecting the different levels of governance and democracy and holding together the twin aims of equity and devolved decision-making".
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: November 24, 2011
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