Tracing the democratic narrative: Big Society, localism and civic engagement

Buser, M. (2013) Tracing the democratic narrative: Big Society, localism and civic engagement. Local Government Studies, 39 (1). pp. 3-21. ISSN 1743-9388 Available from:

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This paper engages with recent policy changes in the UK surrounding the government’s Big Society and localism agenda. Examining the framework and condition through which these programmes are developing in England, the article traces the conceptual democratic narrative and considers the implications and challenges for local government, the third sector and planning. Following this review, the author links emerging critiques and suggests a broad research agenda through which to reflect on changes in democratic policy and the shifting relationships between the state and civil society

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:big society, localism, planning, participation, neighbourhood
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Environment and Technology > Department of Architecture and the Built Environment
Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > School of Film and Journalism
ID Code:17560
Deposited By: Dr M. Buser
Deposited On:10 Oct 2012 15:58
Last Modified:14 Nov 2016 13:42

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