How does economic localisation contribute to social inclusion & redistribution? Sources anyone?

We are currently seeking funding for a research project entitled “Mainstreaming Community Economic Development for inclusion and redistribution” – looking at the policy and practice changes needed to get the benefits of localisation approaches more into the mainstream economy. This seems a good opportunity to crowd-source some evidence on localisation benefits!

The first stage of this will be to review literature on this: how an economic localisation and “community economic development” approach can contribute to inclusion and redistribution, and create resilience and success.

This will form a basis on which to then investigate ‘on the ground’ experience of how such approaches can play a greater part in the mainstream economy.

So as part of our preparatory work we are seeking sources of any type on how localisation approaches (economies that are more decentralised and diverse and have more local ownership and a higher local multiplier; with an emphasis on local supply chains and local market opportunities) contribute to inclusion, resilience and redistribution.

These could for example be papers or books that compare the social and economic benefits of more and less localised approaches to procurement, retail, business development, tax regimes, regeneration or measure the contribution of localised approaches to a deprived area.

Let us know if you have any useful suggestions!

We will of course be sharing the results on these pages as the project progresses.

Karen Leach

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