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    In a post-Brexit world, the country must come together with a new sense of confidence and purpose

In a post-Brexit world, the country must come together with a new sense of confidence and purpose

So far, Brexit has not been leadership’s finest hour. Indeed effective leadership could be considered AWOL. Arguably, it has never been more required since the darkest hours of the Second World War. Brexit will become a leadership case study in years to come. In this article, Steve Kempster examines leadership as a narrative through Brexit in three stages: what happened […]

December 18th, 2018|Culture, Featured|1 Comment|
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    Britons aren’t xenophobic about language learning – and we should stop saying we are

Britons aren’t xenophobic about language learning – and we should stop saying we are

What does Brexit have to do with language learning – if anything? Ursula Lanvers (University of York) analysed the claim that Britons’ reluctance to learn foreign languages is fundamentally xenophobic, and found no evidence for it. Rather, people thinking ‘English is enough’ is a more likely explanation for our poor language learning record. Journalism that talks down Britons’ capacity […]

December 14th, 2018|Culture, Featured|9 Comments|
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    Populism and energy: Britishness, Europeanness, and responses to energy infrastructures

Populism and energy: Britishness, Europeanness, and responses to energy infrastructures

Susana Batel (University Institute of Lisbon) and Patrick Devine-Wright (University of Exeter) explore public beliefs about energy issues among differing identities in the UK, and explain how feelings of belonging to different imaginary communities appear to impact socio-political events such as Brexit.

The deployment of renewable energy technologies and associated infrastructures has been very controversial in the UK in recent […]

December 14th, 2018|Culture, Featured|0 Comments|
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    Deal or No Deal, British food and drink manufacturers will suffer

Deal or No Deal, British food and drink manufacturers will suffer

In 2017 the former Greek Finance Minister Yannis Varoufakis aptly described the Brexit negotiations as a ‘Dog’s Brexit’ and it would appear little has changed. ‘Deal or No Deal’, Brexit will have effects on the British food and drink manufacturers, writes Derek Watson (Sunderland).

The former British Prime Minister David Cameron’s bravado in rolling the Brexit referendum dice failed to read public […]

December 6th, 2018|Culture, Featured|1 Comment|

Schrödinger’s cat and the paradox of Brexit

The concept of Schrödinger’s Cat can shed some light on the contradictory impulses of Brexit, writes Helen Drake (Loughborough University London) – or can it? 

Shamefully, I remember next to nothing of the physics I learned at school, but I do know a bit about ‘Brexit’. And I’m a fan of the US hit TV comedy show The Big Bang Theory. […]

What drives illiberalism?

What drives illiberalism, asks Daniel Daianu (SNSPA, Romania)? He writes that while the liberal order of the world is being severely tested, liberal ideals still have the upper hand in the industrialized world and many people stand behind it. Furthermore, he argues that for democracy to survive, its liberal core must be preserved. 

The distinction made between ‘liberal’ and ‘illiberal’ democracy is both conceptually […]

December 4th, 2018|Culture, Featured|3 Comments|

Distress signals: how Brexit affects the Digital Single Market

The government prizes the creative industries as a key part of the UK’s industrial strategy. Yet some of them depend on the Digital Single Market, which is jeopardised by Brexit. Alison Harcourt (University of Exeter) explains how sectors like broadcasting, online financial services and online gaming could be affected.

A key component of the EU’s Single Market is its Digital Single […]

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    ‘What does Brexit mean to you?’ Introducing 5 key items from LSE Library’s current exhibition (until 14 December 2018)

‘What does Brexit mean to you?’ Introducing 5 key items from LSE Library’s current exhibition (until 14 December 2018)

The history of the UK in and out of the European Union has been a long and complex one. LSE Library has unique collections that document this history, from the archives of MPs active in the debates, to think tanks and campaigning groups arguing for and against the UK’s membership of the EU. Running until 14 December 2018, a […]

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    Brexit psychology: cognitive styles and their relationship to nationalistic attitudes

Brexit psychology: cognitive styles and their relationship to nationalistic attitudes

Leor Zmigrod (University of Cambridge) looks at the cognitive underpinnings of nationalistic ideology in the context of Brexit. She writes that those with strongly nationalistic attitudes tend to process information in a more categorical way, and this relationship manifests itself through a tendency to support authoritarian and conservative ideologies.

The failure of political polling in the recent elections of Europe and […]

November 27th, 2018|Culture, Featured|8 Comments|
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    Hubert Butler Essay Prize: What happened to Europe without frontiers?

Hubert Butler Essay Prize: What happened to Europe without frontiers?

The great Irish essayist Hubert Butler was a cosmopolitan, his sensibility being both Irish and passionately European. He situated Ireland squarely in the main current of European history, whereas England occupied a kind of eccentric tributary, or even backwater, of its own making. Thus, the vote for Brexit would not have surprised him, writes Roy Foster (QMUL) who judged the […]

November 23rd, 2018|Culture, Featured|0 Comments|