Combining political theory with attention to political practice, this book explores the development of localism as a new mode of statecraft and its implications for the practice of citizenship. It 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.
Jane Wills is Professor of Human Geography, Queen Mary University of London. Her research interests focus on the changing geo-political-economy of work, new forms of urban political alliances including community organising living wage campaigns, and the politics and practice of localism in the UK. She has published widely in the field including, Global cities at work (2010), Union futures (2002), Dissident Geographies (2000) and Union retreat and the regions (1996).
Making sense of localism; The geo-constitution and the long history of localism; The place of the people; Localist local government; Institution building for localism; Community organising, past and present; Back to the Parish: the importance of place.