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Geographies and politics of localism: the localism of the United Kingdom's Coalition Government

Geographies and politics of localism: the localism of the United Kingdom's Coalition Government
Geographies and politics of localism: the localism of the United Kingdom's Coalition Government
There has always been a localist element to British politics. But recently, a particular version of localism has been moved to the foreground by the 2011 Localism Act. This paper identifies various uses and meanings of localism, maps their geographical assumptions and effects, and critiques their politics. It does this using the localism of the United Kingdom’s Coalition Government as a case study of localism in practice. The rationalities, mentalities, programmes, and technologies of this localism are established from Ministerial speeches and press releases, along with Parliamentary Acts, Bills, White Papers, Green Papers, and Statements – all published between May 2010 when the Coalition Government was formed, and November 2011 when the Localism Act became law. We argue that localism may be conceptualised as spatial liberalism, is never straightforwardly local, and can be anti-political
0962-6298
10-23
Clarke, Nick
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Cochrane, Allan
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Clarke, Nick
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Cochrane, Allan
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Clarke, Nick and Cochrane, Allan (2013) Geographies and politics of localism: the localism of the United Kingdom's Coalition Government. Political Geography, 34, 10-23. (doi:10.1016/j.polgeo.2013.03.003).

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There has always been a localist element to British politics. But recently, a particular version of localism has been moved to the foreground by the 2011 Localism Act. This paper identifies various uses and meanings of localism, maps their geographical assumptions and effects, and critiques their politics. It does this using the localism of the United Kingdom’s Coalition Government as a case study of localism in practice. The rationalities, mentalities, programmes, and technologies of this localism are established from Ministerial speeches and press releases, along with Parliamentary Acts, Bills, White Papers, Green Papers, and Statements – all published between May 2010 when the Coalition Government was formed, and November 2011 when the Localism Act became law. We argue that localism may be conceptualised as spatial liberalism, is never straightforwardly local, and can be anti-political

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Published date: May 2013
Organisations: Geography & Environment

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Local EPrints ID: 356744
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/356744
ISSN: 0962-6298
PURE UUID: bc6149ef-7755-4839-9de2-2a1db73b57df
ORCID for Nick Clarke: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9148-9849

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Date deposited: 13 Sep 2013 08:35
Last modified: 17 Sep 2019 00:50

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