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Tracing the Democratic Narrative: Big Society, Localism and Civic Engagement

Buser, Michael



This paper engages with recent policy changes in the UK surrounding the government's Big Society and localism agenda. Examining the framework and condition through which these programmes are developing in England, the article traces the conceptual democratic narrative and considers the implications and challenges for local government, the third sector and planning. Following this review, the author links emerging critiques and suggests a broad research agenda through which to reflect on changes in democratic policy and the shifting relationships between the state and civil society. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.


Buser, M. (2013). Tracing the Democratic Narrative: Big Society, Localism and Civic Engagement. Local Government Studies, 39(1), 3-21.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2013
Journal Local Government Studies
Print ISSN 0300-3930
Electronic ISSN 1743-9388
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 39
Issue 1
Pages 3-21
Keywords big society, localism, planning, participation, neighbourhood
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