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Title: Democratic local community in England : an exploration of an idea and its applications
Author: Jones , William Bryn
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2012
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Democratic local community is, all things considered, something good of which England, in particular, should have more. This is not a proposition that has been given much attention in academic 'Political Theory'; nor has it played very much part in informing the practice of twentieth century English governance. Nevertheless, there is academic work (theoretical and empirical) across a number of disciplines, some of it less well known, which is supportive of the claim, and which can be brought together into a comprehensive argument which can rebut most commonly-voiced objections. That argument, set out in this thesis, concludes that a number of factors aid the healthy development of democratic local community, but that the most significant involve the structure of local government. A central element of that structure is scale: it is argued that while all community-based local government is valuable, small "human scale" communities of 5,000- 10,000 adults are particularly important for expressing values relating to local community and democracy. The conclusions of the thesis are contrasted with the policies of recent UK governments - including David Cameron's "Big Society" - which have typically been inimical to the role of democratic local community in English government and society.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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