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In Defence of Centralism


In Defence of Centralism. It has become fashionable to demonise the 'centre', 'centralisation', 'command and control'. Devolution and diversity are the way of the future. Right or left, government or opposition, we are all localists now. In "In praise of centralism: A critique of the new localism" David Walker takes issue with received ideas about decentralisation that ignore the inevitable trade-off between differentiation and equity. He argues that progressive policies in the twentieth century largely flowed from central initiatives, while localism has more often than not been the homeground of reaction..


By Catalyst, UK.

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