Article originally published on opendemocracy.net February 2012
Local democracy in England is in a troubled state. Swingeing cuts to local government, voter apathy and declining civic involvement all suggest a parlous state of affairs and with no let up in the economic gloom, the prospect of double dip recession threatens to sideline every other issue.
That at least is one take on the current state of local democracy. But here’s another: new forms of democratic expression and action are emerging and new networks and nodes of power are being created through the organising power of the internet. These will both disrupt existing democratic norms and reconfigure them in ways that strengthen them. Continue reading Localism and the web: a new era for England’s democracy?