“Professor Nicholas Orme made a key contribution in pointing out the early origins of the parish. Parishes evolved naturally in their locations. This immediately resonated with the spontaneous order explained by authors such as Friedrich Hayek, Israel Kirzner, and Elinor Ostrom. Their emphasis is on the local spontaneous order rather than the forced or top-down approach.

The parish is the natural location for the concentration of local skills and knowledge. The studies of local agricultural communities by the Nobel laureate Ostrom detail how these communities evolved, not just to deal with business matters, but social organisation and sensible modest regulation. “

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