In the wake of many decades of increasing centralization, localism has been making a decided comeback in recent years. This book explores the development of localism as a new mode of statecraft and its implications for the everyday practice of citizenship. Jane Wills highlights the importance of civic infrastructure to effective engagement of citizens in local decision making, looks at the development of community organizing, neighborhood planning, and community councils, and positions this turn to the local in relationship to the longer geopolitical history of the British state.
About the Author
Jane Wills is professor of human geography at Queen Mary University of London.
"In her excellent book on the emergent form of statecraft, localism, Wills explores thestructures that can help and constrain the decentralisation of political power in England. . . . This book makes an important contribution to the emerging literature on localism and its implications for changing state-society relationships and the location of power and control. It affirms the importance of place to politics and self-determination. As such, though Wills focuses on the English brand of localism, the book’s lessons are of much broader relevance."
— Madeleine Pill, University of Sydney, Australia