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The Brexit battle on Facebook: assessing echo chambers and polarisation

Does online campaigning foster ‘echo chambers’ and exacerbate the polarisation of society? On Facebook, Leave and Remain supporters behaved very differently. Pro-Remain users commented mainly on like-minded Facebook pages. By avoiding confrontation with their political opponents, Remainers showed behaviour characteristic of an ‘echo chamber’. In contrast, Leavers spread their messages on pages spanning the ideological spectrum, and they sought to incite […]

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    The Brexit vote was driven by the losers of globalisation, but that’s hardly the whole story

The Brexit vote was driven by the losers of globalisation, but that’s hardly the whole story

On the second anniversary of the Brexit vote, there is hardly any further clarity on how a whole host of issues will be resolved. Some say we are in what Gramsci called “interregnum” – a period of uncertainty during which the old system or order is dying and the new has yet to emerge. Below, Armine Ishkanian (LSE) discusses the […]

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    People’s vote: what would a serious Brexit referendum look like?

People’s vote: what would a serious Brexit referendum look like?

A number of things were wrong with the 2016 referendum, including the  disenfranchisement of key stakeholders and the extent of misinformation by both sides. Given that referendums should be informed exercises in democratic decision-making, Bruce Ackerman (Yale) and Sir Julian Le Grand (LSE) explain how a referendum on the deal should look like.

We are moving to a world where the decisions […]

Populism fed pro-Leave sentiment, but what kind of populism?

Euroscepticism is an established force in British politics. Did it explain the Leave vote, or was the advent of right-wing populism also responsible? Brian Rathbun (University of Southern California) looks at the correlation between nativist and anti-elite sentiments and support for Brexit. He concludes that a particular kind of populism – one grafted onto a distrust of multiculturalism – was associated with […]

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    Using it, losing it: what has EU citizenship meant to young people in Britain?

Using it, losing it: what has EU citizenship meant to young people in Britain?

British young people will shortly lose their EU citizenship. Since 2015 Sam Mejias and Shakuntala Banaji (LSE) have explored what this citizenship means to them and to what extent they are able to exercise it. The resulting picture of young people’s active civic and political contributions includes some surprising findings.

One of the EU’s longstanding goals is to ensure young people are involved in […]

Britain can be a more welcoming society to migrants

It’s not easy being a migrant, and the uncertainty of Brexit and the Windrush scandal only add to the challenge of creating a new home in an unfamiliar place. In this blog, Olivia Darby (Wonder Foundation) sets out the ways in which Britain can create a more welcoming society to migrants post-Brexit.

Within the debates around migration and integration, definitions […]

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    Everyday Nationhood: Theorising Culture, Identity and Belonging after Banal Nationalism

Everyday Nationhood: Theorising Culture, Identity and Belonging after Banal Nationalism

In Everyday Nationhood: Theorising Culture, Identity and Belonging after Banal Nationalism, edited by Michael Skey and Marco Antonsich, a range of contributors consider, rethink and supplement the concept of ‘banal nationalism’, originally introduced by Michael Billig. Featuring a response from Billig, this timely and engaging book underscores the importance of understanding everyday, taken-for-granted expressions of nationhood as they are reproduced in different national and transnational […]

Weaponising feminism in the Brexit debate: women’s organisations and the need for nuance

Brexit will not necessarily dismantle women’s rights, says Alice Chilcott. It does represent a threat to women’s groups that get funding and shared expertise from the EU. Unfortunately, a lack of nuance – on both sides of the Brexit debate – makes it hard to move beyond the ‘low politics’ of emotional appeals.

Just before the referendum, the Mirror and […]

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    Indians wanted us out, Europeans want us to stay. This time British citizens will bear almost all the costs

Indians wanted us out, Europeans want us to stay. This time British citizens will bear almost all the costs

European nations, who were once sworn enemies, are now living in a world that the Indian subcontinent can only dream of. Sony Kapoor (Re-Define) says the history of the British exit from India as a reminder that the peace and prosperity the EU has delivered, including to the UK, cannot be taken for granted. He warns that while the calamity of ‘Brexit’ from […]

“No, where are you really from?”: Being a UK citizen of colour living in the EU27

To be recognised as British abroad while also being a person of colour means answering uncomfortable questions about where you are really from. Since November 2017, Chantelle Lewis (Goldsmiths, University of London) has been interviewing UK citizens of colour who permanently reside within the EU27, as part of the UK in a Changing Europe (ESRC) funded project Brexit Brits Abroad. Brexit as a […]