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Brexit appealed to white working-class men who feel society no longer values them

Noam Gidron (Princeton) (left) and Peter A Hall (Harvard) find that, over the past three decades, white working-class men in Western democracies feel they have lost social standing. People who lack social status tend to be politically alienated and to gravitate towards right-wing populist parties. While Donald Trump appealed directly to these people during his presidential campaign, the perceived fall in status probably increased support for Brexit […]

December 14th, 2017|Culture, Featured|0 Comments|
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    What do British citizens think about the rights of EU citizens in the UK as part of the Brexit divorce?

What do British citizens think about the rights of EU citizens in the UK as part of the Brexit divorce?

The rights afforded to EU citizens living in the UK, and UK citizens living in the EU, is one of the key topics in the Brexit negotiations. But what do UK citizens think about these issues? Presenting evidence from a comprehensive survey of British views toward EU free movement rights, Liisa Talving and Sofia Vasilopoulou illustrate that although the […]

December 14th, 2017|Culture, Featured, Migration|0 Comments|
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    New British exceptionalism – no longer in competition for the best and the brightest?

New British exceptionalism – no longer in competition for the best and the brightest?

Why have British attitudes towards migration shifted so radically in recent years? Anna Triandafyllidou (European University Institute), argues that British exceptionalism is a Leitmotiv that best explains both the once famous historical openness and the subsequent arrival of a hostile rhetoric regarding migration in the United Kingdom of the past two decades.

Britain has shifted radically its migration policy from one predominantly […]

December 13th, 2017|Culture, Featured, Migration|1 Comment|

Britain’s insistence on impact assessments helped wrap Brussels in red tape

The much-anticipated Brexit impact assessments are rather less detailed than many expected them to be. Chris Kendall contrasts the Brexit secretary’s admission that he is ‘not a fan’ of them with the stringent approach the European Commission now takes to financial accountability. Indeed, it was the UK’s insistence on thorough impact assessments that helped to create a culture of propriety […]

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    Understanding the Brexit vote: the interplay between economic internationalisation and cultural openness

Understanding the Brexit vote: the interplay between economic internationalisation and cultural openness

The Leave vote prevailed in regions where local workers do not interact much with foreign cultures – yet some of these places rely on jobs created by foreign firms. If internationalisation in the workplace does not match internationalisation ‘at home’, pressure on local workers to opt out from further economic integration increases, write Riccardo Crescenzi (LSE), Alessandra Faggian (Gran Sasso), and Marco […]

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    Despite fearing what Brexit may bring, UK Poles are here to stay

Despite fearing what Brexit may bring, UK Poles are here to stay

Despite fears related to the increase in hate crime numbers following the EU referendum, and the uncertainty around their future residency status, immigrants from Poland will not abandon their established lives in the UK as willingly as Brexit supporters might like. Aga Kulesa (Warsaw School of Economics) discusses narratives of belonging among Polish immigrants in the UK.

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Brexit has blown open the unreconciled divisions in Northern Ireland

The British and Irish governments have long tried to keep a lid on the tensions in Northern Ireland. But Brexit, argues Duncan Morrow (Ulster University) has exposed the weaknesses of the Good Friday and St Andrew’s Agreements – deals that never required each side to give up their aims of ruling Northern Ireland alone. Now these unreconciled political narratives […]

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    A happy Brexit? We should rather brace ourselves for a dramatic change in our democratic freedom – for the worse

A happy Brexit? We should rather brace ourselves for a dramatic change in our democratic freedom – for the worse

As the Conservative MP and prospective scholar Chris Heaton-Harris reminds us, it is important when reflecting on Brexit within the academy to identify the potentially positive as well as the negative aspects of leaving the EU. Conor Gearty (LSE) scrutinises this notion of a happy Brexit, and outlines multiple areas in which the EU Withdrawal Bill will constitute a large transfer of power to the […]

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    What makes Britain ‘Great’? The end of the postwar consensus of liberal internationalism

What makes Britain ‘Great’? The end of the postwar consensus of liberal internationalism

The Leave and Remain campaigns defined British ‘greatness’ in very different ways. The referendum reflects more than attitudes toward EU membership — it  marks a new understanding of Britain’s role in the world, argues Benjamin Martill (LSE). The end of the postwar consensus of liberal internationalism has important implications and needs to be taken seriously.

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Social capital and belonging: the ‘citizens of somewhere’ are more likely to be pro-EU

A notional divide between ‘anywheres’, ‘nowheres’ and ‘somewheres’ has emerged since the EU referendum. Paula Surridge, Siobhan McAndrew and Neema Begum (University of Bristol) explored attitudes towards the EU in the context of social identities, social capital and neighbourhood belonging. Counterintuitively, they  found that people with a stronger attachment to their locality tended to be more pro-EU.

Imagined communities based […]

November 13th, 2017|Culture, Featured|0 Comments|