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Taking Back Control as Democratic Theory

Weale, A; (2022) Taking Back Control as Democratic Theory. Global Policy , 13 (S2) pp. 89-97. 10.1111/1758-5899.13080. Green open access

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Abstract

The slogan ‘take back control’ was central to Brexit. The conception of democracy this slogan embodies is the traditional Westminster model. It is a model in the sense that it is supposed to provide a simplified characterisation of the operative principles of UK politics and government, although practice in fact diverges from those principles. It is also a model in the sense that the Westminster system is seen by those favouring Brexit as an ideal to which practice needs to be restored. The model can be associated with a corresponding conception of democracies in the international order. However, there are both functional and democratic disadvantages with that account of democracy and the international order, disadvantages that the development of the EU highlights. Two alternative models of democracy beyond the nation state are identified, before concluding that the Westminster model has a past but not a future.

Type: Article
Title: Taking Back Control as Democratic Theory
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/1758-5899.13080
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/1758-5899.13080
Language: English
Additional information: © 2022 The Authors. Global Policy published by Durham University and John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License, which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10148316
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