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If local government embodies representative democracy, Big Local areas are bastions of participative democracy, championing the cause for a ‘flatter’ society. Weaving together remarkable stories from Big Local areas, David Boyle paints a picture of what healthy local democracy can look like.

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Read about how people and places are changing through Big Local in our essay series written by independent thinkers