Radical Policies, Progressive Modernisation and Deepening Democracy: the Academies programme in action

FORUM - ISSN 0963-8253
Volume 47 Number 2 (2005)

Radical Policies, Progressive Modernisation and Deepening Democracy: the Academies programme in action
STEPHEN J. BALL, pages 215-222
DOI: 10.2304/forum.2005.47.2.13

Abstract

One of the tricky things we have to wrestle at present is whether or not we should believe what often sounds like good policy, policy that trumpets the involvement of those who are to be affected by it. Is 'engaging with the local' to be taken seriously or not? Is the language of participation a linguistic sleight of hand or an indicator of a revival of our democratic way of life? In looking in some detail at the Academies programme Stephen Ball pushes us back to wider issues such as these and suggests that too often we end up with 'fast' policy and 'elite' solutions in which government and big business impose their own aspirations and intentions on local communities.

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STEPHEN J. BALL (2005) Radical Policies, Progressive Modernisation and Deepening Democracy: the Academies programme in action, FORUM, 47(2), 215-222. https://doi.org/10.2304/forum.2005.47.2.13

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