Local democracy civic engagement and community from new labour to the big society hugh atkinson published by manchester university press argues that local democracy is a vibrant terrain of innovation civic engagement participation and dynamic community activity. This accessible book includes an analysis of local democracy civic engagement and participation across a range of policy areas and in the context of debates around accountability legitimacy sustainability localism and the big society drawing on a wide range of examples hugh atkinson . This accessible book is about local democracy civic engagement political participation and community in britain it rejects the many pessimistic accounts that seek to dominate our political discourse with their talk of political apathy community breakdown and selfish individualism the book . Dr atkinson has two broad areas of research interest the first is local democracy civic engagement community and social capital he is the author of local democracy civic engagement and community which was published by manchester university press in 2012
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