You Can't Always Get What You Want: Populism and the Power Inquiry

Bale, Tim, Taggart, Paul and Webb, Paul (2006) You Can't Always Get What You Want: Populism and the Power Inquiry. Political Quarterly, 77 (2). pp. 195-203. ISSN 0032-3179

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Abstract

The Power Report was published in the spring of 2006 as 'an independent inquiry into Britain's democracy', funded by Joseph Rowntree and carried out by a Commission headed up by Helena Kennedy, QC. The Report is essentially a reaction to what its authors believe is a crisis in British governance. At the heart of this crisis, it suggests, lies a sclerotic system which has failed to keep pace with social change and which is run by elites disconnected from rhose they are supposed to serve, many of whom are therefore turning away from conventional politics altogether. It attempts to be evidence based, even-handed and, above all, accessible. We believe, however, that it is fundamentally flawed. The Report overdoes the seriousness of the symptoms that so concern it. It underplays important elements in its diagnosis. And many of its suggested cures - even those which do seem to follow from that diagnosis - are unconvincing and highly problematic.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Politics
Subjects: J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN0101 Great Britain
Depositing User: Tim Bale
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:37
Last Modified: 11 May 2012 11:02
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/26991
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