The Case of the United Kingdom: Mapping Localism, Resilience, and Civic Activism in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Bradley, T., Malki, I., Ziniel, C. and Ghalib, A. 2021. The Case of the United Kingdom: Mapping Localism, Resilience, and Civic Activism in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Social Quality. 11 (1/2), pp. 145-175. https://doi.org/10.3167/IJSQ.2021.11010209

TitleThe Case of the United Kingdom: Mapping Localism, Resilience, and Civic Activism in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
TypeJournal article
AuthorsBradley, T., Malki, I., Ziniel, C. and Ghalib, A.
Abstract

This article explores the determinants of local resilience in the form of local COVID-19 mutual aid groups. These groups were formed to offer mutual help to those who had experienced a loss of social quality. We test a series of hypotheses, considering which conditional factors are most connected to the formation of these groups, particularly focusing on those that influenced the earliest and most resilient local response to the pandemic. The presence of radical environmentalist activists is a better predictor of resilient community responsiveness than either the activity of the local state or the activity of more moderate community-based environmental civil society organizations. Conclusions are presented on the implications of these findings for the future of localism, social quality, and public policy in the United Kingdom.

Keywordscivic activism
COVID-19
green movement
localism theory
mutual aid groups
radical movements
resilient localities
social quality
JournalInternational Journal of Social Quality
Journal citation11 (1/2), pp. 145-175
ISSN1757-0344
Year2021
PublisherBerghahn
Publisher's version
License
CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3167/IJSQ.2021.11010209
Publication dates
Published01 Dec 2021

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