Category: Rediscovering Community

The truth is that top-down and bottom-up are already living together. I have just come across a suggestion that our present top-down bureaucratic form of…

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In the last few years, I have had the opportunity to visit Bournemouth twice. The story from my taxi drivers and people I spoke to…

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In the UK, what happens locally on the ground is not much to do with local political control at the time, either locally or nationally. …

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Those who believe in the decentralisation of public services do so because it is thought that better decisions will be made the closer service users…

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There are few examples in Europe of political entities – states, regions, cities or parishes – which are governed from the bottom up.  The small…

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This post is taken from my Padua address at the launch of Radix Italy (see full text). Everywhere in the world we are seeing a…

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These last few days, I spent some time talking to my Spanish wife and her friends about events in Catalonia. None of them are Catalan….

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Sometimes all you can rely on, to understand some sense of the direction events are taking us in, is a sense of history. As such,…

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The year 1992 saw the start of the new-look European Union and the Maastricht treaty which created it. It was also the year of an…

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It’s a long game. Any predictions of the eventual effects of Brexit on both Britain and the European Union are likely to be premature. The…

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I was surprised to find, this morning, that the news still has the power to reduce me to tears. The vision of parents struggling through…

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No, Fabianism isn’t dead yet – but the flurry of debate about parents taking their children out of school does seem to mark a moment…

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