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Think Big, Act Small: Elinor Ostrom’s radical vision for community power

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The Nobel prize-winning political economist Elinor Ostrom is the intellectual hero of New Local’s Community Paradigm.

Her revolutionary work demonstrated that people’s motivation and ability to cooperate, participate, and sustainably control their own resources are far greater than is usually assumed. 

In the context of the deepening crisis in the relationship between the people of the UK and their institutions of public service and political authority, this report sets out an alternative vision for increasing community power beyond purely state or market dominated models. It draws on Ostrom’s huge body of scholarship to find insights for community-powered assets, spaces, services, and funds. Taken together, these insights form an incisive, practical case for a more decentralised, diverse, and self-governing country in every respect. 

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