Localis is an independent think-tank dedicated to issues related to politics, public service reform and localism. We carry out innovative research, hold events and facilitate an ever growing network of members to stimulate and challenge the current orthodoxy of the governance of the UK.
Established in 2001, our work promotes neo-localist ideas and concepts through research, events and commentary, covering a range of local and national domestic policy issues.
As a working concept, neo-localism is about giving places and people more control over the effects of globalisation. It is concerned by economic prosperity, but also enhancing other aspects of people’s lives such as family and culture. It is not anti-globalisation, but wants to bend the mainstream of social and economic policy so that place is put at the centre of political thinking.
In particular our work is focused on four areas:
- Decentralising political economy. Developing and differentiating regional economies and an accompanying devolution of democratic leadership.
- Empowering local leadership. Elevating the role and responsibilities of local leaders in shaping and directing their place.
- Extending local civil capacity. The mission of the strategic authority as a convener of civil society; from private to charity sector, household to community.
- Reforming public services. Ideas to help save the public services and institutions upon which many in society depend.