Governing Against the Tide: Populism, Power and the Party Conference

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Guiney, Tom and Farrall, Stephen 2022. Governing Against the Tide: Populism, Power and the Party Conference. Theoretical Criminology. https://doi.org/10.1177/13624806221081504
AuthorsGuiney, Tom and Farrall, Stephen
Abstract

In this paper we argue that a tendency to treat populism as a ubiquitous, mechanistic characteristic of contemporary penality has impeded systematic theoretical discussion of how populist ideologies find contingent expression within national penal systems. Drawing upon an agonistic perspective we seek to show that the intersection between populism and punishment must be understood as a structured process that is shaped by struggle between actors with different types, and amounts, of political power. We illustrate these claims with reference to a historical case study of the 1981 British Conservative Party Conference; a political calendar ritual that facilitated symbolic conflict and provided an institutional point of entry for populist movements seeking to disrupt the prevailing liberal consensus on crime and secure substantive policy concessions from government.

Keywordspopulism; populist ideologies; British Conservative Party Conference
Year2022
JournalTheoretical Criminology
PublisherSage
ISSN1461-7439
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/13624806221081504
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/626315
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Publication dates24 Feb 2022
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