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    Book Review: Crashed: How a decade of financial crises changed the world by Adam Tooze (Part 2)

Book Review: Crashed: How a decade of financial crises changed the world by Adam Tooze (Part 2)

In Crashed: How a decade of financial crises changed the world, author Adam Tooze proposes a remarkably consistent narrative of the 2008 financial crisis and its political, geopolitical consequences — one that attempts a coherent interpretation of the global and European crises. In part two of his review of this seminal work, Shahin Vallée examines Tooze’s take on the crisis of transatlantic finance and the existential crisis for Europe […]

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    Remainer or Leaver? The emergence of the Brexit identity prism

Remainer or Leaver? The emergence of the Brexit identity prism

Britons used to identify as supporters of a political party. Now they are more likely to identify themselves as a ‘Remainer’ or a ‘Leaver’. Ian Montagu (ScotCen) looks at the challenges this new political divide presents as Britain prepares to leave the EU.

The past half-century has seen a more or less continuous decline in the number of voters who […]

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    London Calling Brexit: the UK’s capital is one of the most overlooked issues in the debate

London Calling Brexit: the UK’s capital is one of the most overlooked issues in the debate

‘London Calling Brexit’ is a new series that will appear on the Brexit blog over the next few months. In this introductory post, the series editor, Tim Oliver (Loughborough University London), outlines why what Brexit means for London and what London means for Brexit is a central but overlooked issue for understanding Brexit. As he shows, with London as the UK’s […]

The lights are flashing red in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland politics has been brought to a standstill by a combination of geopolitics (Brexit) the novel (a crisis in the Executive over alleged corruption) and the permanent (sectarianism). Duncan Morrow (Ulster University) says little is now propping up Northern Ireland’s institutions. Without a Brexit agreement and commitment to institutional reform, the current impasse already has done real damage […]

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    Book Review: Crashed: How a decade of financial crises changed the world by Adam Tooze (Part 1)

Book Review: Crashed: How a decade of financial crises changed the world by Adam Tooze (Part 1)

In Crashed: How a decade of financial crises changed the world, author Adam Tooze proposes a remarkably consistent narrative of the 2008 financial crisis and its political, geopolitical consequences — one that attempts a coherent interpretation of the global and European crises. In part one of his review of this seminal work, Shahin Vallée examines Tooze’s take on the collapse of the financial system, […]

Race, class and Brexit: how did we get here?

Although the anti-immigration feeling expressed by the Leave vote was ostensibly directed at other Europeans, racist hate crime also surged immediately after the EU referendum. Brendan McGeever (Birkbeck, University of London) (left) and Satnam Virdee (University of Glasgow) locate the causes of Brexit in neoliberalism, the decline of working-class solidarity, and the emergence of a new politics of racist resentment.

The neoliberal settlement in […]

Long read: let’s ditch the stereotypes about Britons who live in the EU

Our images of Britons living in the rest of the EU are dominated by twin stereotypes: the sun-seeking, patriotic pensioner in Spain and the upper-middle-class English couple renovating a Dordogne property. Karen O’Reilly and Michaela Benson (Goldsmiths University of London) make a plea for the true complexity and diversity of the British diaspora to be recognised, and explain how these […]

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    Book Review: Europe’s Brexit: EU Perspectives on Britain’s Vote to Leave edited by Tim Oliver

Book Review: Europe’s Brexit: EU Perspectives on Britain’s Vote to Leave edited by Tim Oliver

In Europe’s Brexit: EU Perspectives on Britain’s Vote to Leave, editor Tim Oliver brings together contributors to refocus attention from the impact of Brexit upon the UK to instead consider the perspectives of the 27 other EU countries as well as the implications for EU institutions. This is a well-written collection that will prompt readers to better understand the desires, motivations and […]

September 21st, 2018|#LSEThinks, Culture, Featured|2 Comments|

How Anglicans tipped the Brexit vote

Two-thirds of Anglicans voted for Brexit, a much higher proportion than in the country as a whole. Greg Smith (William Temple Foundation) and Linda Woodhead (Lancaster University) look at the reasons for the disparity and note the divergence between the beliefs of UK evangelicals – including the Archbishop of Canterbury – and ‘normal’ Anglicans.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has been busy again attacking the markets […]

September 20th, 2018|Culture, Featured|19 Comments|
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    Notes on compromise: joining the EEA is not the same as staying in the EU

Notes on compromise: joining the EEA is not the same as staying in the EU

On behalf of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has urged that the UK leave the EU but remain within the Customs Union. It should seek also to join the European Economic Area on the same terms as Norway and Iceland enjoy. Many others have defended the same proposal. On a free vote, it would probably command a majority in the House […]