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Book review: Shifting Baselines of Europe

Shifting Baselines of Europe: New Perspectives beyond Neoliberalism and Nationalism, writes reviewer Antje Scharenberg, makes the case that alternative political models for Europe are already emerging. One of its most compelling empirical examples is a network of ‘rebel cities’ like Barcelona, Messina and Naples, which transform institutional politics through participatory democracy on the local level.

“The house of Europe,” wrote the German sociologist Ulrich […]

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    The referendums of 1975 and 2016 illustrate the continuity and change in British Euroscepticism

The referendums of 1975 and 2016 illustrate the continuity and change in British Euroscepticism

The British public has voted on membership of the EU on two occasions. In 1975, based on a turnout of 64 per cent, two-thirds voted to stay in the EEC, cementing Britain’s place for the next four decades. In 2016, in a closely-fought contest, on a turnout of 72 per cent, 52 per cent of the public voted to […]

A Brexit summer reading guide

Have you been struggling to keep up with all the new books on Brexit? Were you secretly planning to spend your summer holiday catching up on some of them? OK – perhaps not. But if you were,  Tim Oliver is here to help with a guide on what to take away with you to the beach or pool to focus on […]

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    Book Review: On Extremism and Democracy in Europe by Cas Mudde

Book Review: On Extremism and Democracy in Europe by Cas Mudde

In On Extremism and Democracy in Europe, Cas Mudde presents a number of essays reflecting on the far right, populism, Euroscepticism and the state of liberal democracy today. Challenging prevailing fears, particularly those promoted in the mainstream media, this book offers a reliable and approachable analysis of contemporary European politics that will be of use to those trying to […]

A democracy deficit plagues the US and the European Union

The European Union and the United States suffer from democracy deficits. Modern democracy is realised in regularly elected legislative bodies that, though small enough to house in a parliamentary building, are large enough to reflect the interests of an entire people. David V Johnson writes that by ratio of representatives to population, the US and the EU have among the least […]

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    Desire for change and rejection of a ‘hard Brexit’ motivated young people in the General Election

Desire for change and rejection of a ‘hard Brexit’ motivated young people in the General Election

A new survey of voters in the recent UK general election has revealed that young voters – those between the ages of 18 and 24 years old – were significantly more motivated by a desire for change, a rejection of the vision of Brexit that the Government was promoting, and frustration with the current political climate than the rest […]

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    Taking back control post-Brexit isn’t about redesigning the democratic system

Taking back control post-Brexit isn’t about redesigning the democratic system

The referendum was all about ‘taking back control’ from Brussels. The idea resonated with voters not only because of migration policy but due to a lack of control over economic and democratic matters, argues Sarah Longlands. With the first anniversary of the referendum, we need to rethink how we approach ‘control’.

The central argument of the ‘Vote leave’ campaign during […]

Divorce doesn’t have to be bloody difficult

Framing Brexit as overwhelmingly negative prevents productive dialogue. Jennifer Jackson-Preece who has recently introduced the Generation Brexit project on the blog, which gives voice to the millennial generation, addresses ways of developing a less confrontational Brexit identity.

In a recent blog, Steve Bullock rightly reminds us that tough and difficult are not the same thing. As a former EU trade negotiator, he speaks from experience. But […]

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    Brexit is a fascinating case study for the next generation of students and teachers of British and European politics

Brexit is a fascinating case study for the next generation of students and teachers of British and European politics

Brexit is both a boon and a bane to the teaching and study of British and European politics. For Dr Tim Oliver of LSE and Alex Boyle, a politics student at the University of Liverpool, there are five ways in which Brexit is central to the study and teaching of both.

As a student learning the politics of Europe […]

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    Calling all millennials: share your ideas and help to shape Brexit

Calling all millennials: share your ideas and help to shape Brexit

Generation Brexit is a crowdsourced project aimed at inspiring millennials in Britain and the EU to help shape Brexit negotiations and the future of UK-EU relations. As Michael Cottakis and Roch Dunin-Wąsowicz explain, it draws on the success of the 1989 Generation Initiative in order to catalyse millennials’ political engagement.

Generation Brexit is a partnership with the 1989 Generation Initiative, an open […]