All politics is local

For democracy to work, individuals need to have confidence that government decisions are made because they are good for them and their communities. Most of our lives are spent as part of communities, which show their strength by being resilient and adaptable. Empowering people is at the heart of strengthening communities and society. We hope that this first report, which looks at the philosophical and practical structures which underpin the principle of subsidiarity, will help to shape some of the decisions that politicians will have to take over the months and years to come, in order to regain a feeling of empowerment within people’s lives. While there are competing theories of governance across the world, each framing the notion of centralisation differently, anyone who has ever knocked on doors and asked people for their vote knows the importance of communities and localism. It’s the starting point. This report is our starting point before going on to examine specific policy areas in detail. To begin with, we need to explore the principles, what other countries have done, and what we might do, to ensure politics is for people.

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