General ideas and principles
- The principle of subsidiarity which holds that the state should undertake only those initiatives which exceed the capacity of individuals or private groups acting independently.
- If a complex function is carried out at a local level just as effectively as on the national level, the local level should be the one to carry out the specified function.
- Subsidiarity assumes that people are by their nature social beings, and emphasizes the importance of small and intermediate-sized communities or institutions, like the family, the church, trade unions and other voluntary associations, as mediating structures which empower individual action and link the individual to society as a whole.
- But the principle of subsidiarity also allows for some decisions to be taken at regional or national (or indeed international) levels, for example in order to protect human rights or for reasons of social or economic justice.
Our vision - A Better Way
IPPR North Fve Foundations of Real Localism.pdf
National Association of Local Councils What is Localism.pdf
New Economics Foundation on Localism.pdf