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We should not be conflating liberal democratic values with British national identity

Hand, Michael (2014) We should not be conflating liberal democratic values with British national identity. British Politics and Policy at LSE (24 Jun 2014). Website.

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Abstract

Michael Gove recently proposed that the Independent School Standards require schools to ‘actively promote’ British values. But in what sense are democracy, liberty, respect, tolerance and the rule of law supposed to be British? The answer is a hope on the government’s part that schools might be able to strengthen allegiance to liberal democratic values by tying it up with national identity. Michael Hand argues that this strategy risks putting these values on a precarious footing, given the vicissitudes of national sentiment. Moreover, since many children may not think of themselves as British, they may well draw the inference that these values are not for them.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s) CC BY-NC-ND 3.0; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
L Education > L Education (General)
Sets: Collections > British Politics and Policy at LSE
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2017 13:06
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2020 23:09
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/74417

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