We affirm the role of government in maintaining peace, order and justice for the nations, societies and communities of our modern world.
However, many governments have increasingly centralised decision-making and control of public services, undermining local politics. This removes responsibility and ownership away from the public being served, and puts relational distance between government and citizens, making it difficult to hold them to account.
Therefore, we should prioritise localism over centralised statism. This will involve rebuilding the capacity of mid-level government and the recognition of civil society’s role in governance.