Where are the Locals?

  • Colin James


Localism is about citizens, not town halls. It engages, encourages and empowers citizens and their formal, semi-formal and informal groupings, street level to citywide, including not-for-profits. To be effective and constructive, citizen-centric localism needs to be bottom-up, not just top-down, driven by iterative interaction to fashion thought-through decisions. Digital technology enables this in ways not possible a decade ago. Local councils are the right level of government to develop and refine that interaction and thereby revitalise local – and in time national – democracy.


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JAMES, Colin. Where are the Locals?. Policy Quarterly, [S.l.], v. 15, n. 2, may 2019. ISSN 2324-1101. Available at: <https://ojs.victoria.ac.nz/pq/article/view/5363>. Date accessed: 11 aug. 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.26686/pq.v15i2.5363.