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No Local

No Local

NO LOCAL

New title from Zero Books:

No Local: Why Small-Scale Alternatives Won’t Change The World

By Greg Sharzer

Available on AmazonFacebook page

$19.95 USD / £11.99

ISBN: 978-1-84694-671-4 

 

‘No Local: Why Small-Scale Alternatives Won’t Change The World’ challenges the received wisdom that farmers’ markets, community gardening and cooperatives can provide a human-scale alternative to the global market. ‘Localist’ schemes are covered regularly in the press and their small-is-beautiful ethos has become accepted wisdom among many progressive urbanites. But can growing your own vegetables really do an end-run around corporate agribusiness? Does capitalism get friendlier as it gets smaller?

Most critics of local economic alternatives come from the Right, but ‘No Local’ is firmly rooted in Marxism, arguing that, far from challenging market rule, small-scale alternatives are often ways to reconcile with it. Localist politics can come from a desire to escape, rather than to confront, capitalist inequality.

But that doesn’t mean things are hopeless. Although direct and questioning, ‘No Local’ takes a positive view about the possibilities for social change. If we confront the market and its political rulers, we can build social movements that begin to create an egalitarian society – a legacy the Arab Spring and Occupy movements have begun to reclaim. 

Published by radical press Zero Books, ‘No Local’ poses key questions for the Left as it emerges from its decades-long torpor.

No Local at Zero Books: http://www.zero-books.net/books/no-local

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Public-Private Partnership

PUBLIC SECTOR REFORM: OPENING UP SERVICES

29th September 2011, The Barbican, London.

The government’s ‘Open Public Services White Paper’, due in July, will set out the bold blueprint for the reform of our public services. It is a process that is not just about efficiencies, cost savings or achieving value for money. But an opportunity to rethink and reform how services are designed, to systematically engage with communities and gain a better understanding of how to integrate services and create better outcomes. Releasing services from the grip of state control encourages bids for public work from voluntary groups, charities and the private sector.

The reforms aim to reduce unnecessary bureaucratic burdens, duplication and overspending. Opening up public services to a range of providers fosters greater competition to offer better services, ones that are tailored to local needs and allow for more innovative and flexible models. The government plans see competition as crucial to raising the standards of quality.

At the Public Sector Reform: Opening Up Services conference we will explore how we can seize the opportunities presented in the white paper, engage with communities and new providers, and deliver credible benefits to public service users.

OVERVIEW

The challenge for change has been set – requiring a seismic shift in the delivery of public services. Top-down policy direction has been consigned to the past and replaced by the localism agenda. There can be no doubts that the depth of public spending cuts increased the complexities, debates and urgency of delivering this change. But it is a process that is not just about efficiencies, cost savings or achieving value for money. It is also an opportunity to rethink and reform how services are designed, to systematically engage with communities and gain a better understanding of how to integrate services and create better outcomes. Releasing services from the grip of state control encourages bids for public work from voluntary groups, charities and the private sector. However, many public sector workers are likely to be unenthusiastic over job losses or reapplying to take on a service – is the public sector too risk adverse for such change?

The reforms aim to reduce unnecessary bureaucratic burdens, duplication and overspending. Opening up public services to a range of providers fosters greater competition to offer better services, ones that are tailored to local needs and allow for more innovative and flexible models. The government plans see competition as crucial to raising the standards of quality. What is the role of local authorities in making this new approach work? Responsibility lies in setting up investment and advisory services to help community projects and organisations have a rigorous business plan, ensuring a level playing field, and fair funding and access for all. Council and policy leaders will need to understand the limits of what can be achieved within core budgets and what the acceptable operational risk across services will be.

The reforms are not without sizable concerns, as highlighted by the Deloitte report ‘A Little Local Difficulty’. The report findings suggested that there remains ambiguity on what exactly is meant by the localism and Big Society agendas and how they should be delivered at a local level. How will frontline services be affected in this period of upheaval, and do authorities realistically have the timescales to manage performance, service outcomes and set accountable frameworks?

At the Public Sector Reform: Opening Up Services conference we will explore how we can seize the opportunities presented in the White Paper, engage with communities and new providers, and deliver credible benefits to public service users.

Booking online: http://www.cvent.com/events/public-service-reform-opening-up-services/event-summary-8a1f6a8e93164c64b9342e8c30ab987e.aspx

Speakers include:

Keynote Address
Rt Hon Greg Clark MP (invited)
Minister of State for Decentralisation, Communities & Local Government
“Opening Up Services”

Councillor Richard Kemp (confirmed)
Vice-Chairman of the Local Government Group; Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Local Government Association
“Modernising Public Services: A Flexible and Community-led Approach”

Closing Keynote Address
Julian McCrae (confirmed)
Director of Research, Institute for Government
“Reforming Service Delivery to Meet the Citizen’s Needs”

Further details of the programme can be found online: http://www.publicserviceevents.co.uk/190/public-sector-reform  

Places are limited to 250 and are awarded on a first come, first served basis

If you are unable to attend, please feel free to forward details of this event to a colleague.

If you wish to register your interest in exhibiting or delivering a workshop, you can submit your contact details online and one of our advisors will be in touch shortly.

If you have any further queries, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly.

Mark Barkley
Marketing Executive
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Obviously this is a pro-business takeover of public services conference. It would be good to have some critical voices at this shindig – Glenn Rikowski

 

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