Power tools for reclaiming local politics
Reprinted and updated with a new cover in magnificent magenta.
by Peter Macfadyen
with additional text by Peter Andrews
As our faith in our political system and politicians continues to plummet and climate change escalates, an alternative that empowers local people to rescue their own communities is vital. How can politics be reclaimed by the people? This is the question Flatpack Democracy 2.0 sets out to answer.
Fed up with seeing their valued local services crumble over time, in 2011 a group of local residents, working together, made a successful bid to take over Frome’s town council. Unhampered by the constraints of party politics, they set out to find out what the residents of Frome really needed and to make big changes in how the council was run. Finally, their local council could be ambitious; finally it could do more than just keep the local park tidy.
Flatpack Democracy sets out how Independents for Frome seized power. Flatpack Democracy 2.0 goes a step further and tells the story of what happened next. It also draws on the experiences of other places who’ve gone independent and provides the tools for taking action to reclaim local politics.
You can follow author Peter Macfadyen and catch up with what’s happening in local democracy through his irregular blog on the Flatpack Democracywebsite. There is a nice interview with Chris Warburton on Radio 5 and an excellent article by John Harris in the Guardian where Peter and others who have taken over their local councils make a strong case for a new form of thriving local democracy. Peter explains the principles of Flatpack Democracy in this video with XR Future Democracy.
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Flatpack Democracy 2.0
– power tools for reclaiming local politics
1. Flatpackery or why politics needs to be reclaimed by the people
2. Frome’s politics: what’s all the fuss been about?
3. The 2015 and 2019 elections
4. What IfF did
5. What Frome Town Council did:
Part 1: Council structures and systems
Part 2: What actually happened
6. Relationships with other councils
7. What happened elsewhere
8. Attention from continental Europe and further afield
9. Mayor, Power, Ego
10. So what? A reality check
Appendix 1 Ways of Working
Appendix 2 Job descriptions
Appendix 3 Some thoughts from Mel Usher