Questions about how public responsibilities should be distributed between orders of government have existed for as long as governments have existed.  As a result there is a considerable amount of theory and research about the topic, ranging from philosophers like Montesquieu, who recommended limiting the role of central government and giving councils greater freedom, to Pope Pius X1 whose encyclical Quadragesimo anno of 1931 popularised the concept of subsidiarity.

To help people learn more about localism and concepts like subsidiarity and devolution we have identified a number of relatively easy to read articles on these subjects that can be found in the following section.

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