Futures Forum: "Helping to drive and deliver many localist actions such as the community rights, the general power of competence and neighbourhood planning."
This has been reinforced over time, most recently by the Local Govt Minister:
Futures Forum: LOCALISM restated >>> "Power should be decentralised down to the lowest appropriate level - to councils, to community groups and to individual taxpayers"
And it has been challenged:
Futures Forum: Civic Voice: "Localism for Real": manifesto launch
Futures Forum: "Claims for 'localism' are a fiction from a Tom Sharpe novel" - Growing disquiet across the West Country
The notion of 'localism' has been conflated with that of 'the big society':
Futures Forum: Localism and the future of the 'Big Society'
Others would say 'localism' is all about local people doing it for themselves:
Futures Forum: Community Land Trusts and affordable housing: part two: taking control
Futures Forum: Neighborhood Power: The New Localism
Futures Forum: Sustainable Communities
... because central government seems to find it difficult to let go:
Futures Forum: W(h)ither "localism"?
Futures Forum: "An appetite for stronger local democratic institutions"
Futures Forum: Localism: The uses and abuses of power: "No politician willingly surrenders control downwards."
Another, more 'local' take on this is 'localising' the economy:
Futures Forum: Michael Shuman and economic localisation: "Those counties with the highest density of local and small business were those that actually had the highest level of per capita income growth and were doing the best job of reducing poverty."
Futures Forum: Relocalisation
Futures Forum: "Promoting local economic activity, local services and facilities, social and community wellbeing and environmental protection"
One such example is coming out of the Midlands:
Futures Forum: Localism and local prosperity
How it works
Localising Prosperity | - by mainstreaming community economic development
How it works | Localising Prosperity
The project is based in the West Midlands:
Why mainstream community economic development? Because it works. : REconomy
Localisation: An Economics of Personal and Ecological Wellbeing | International Permaculture Day