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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|
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    Neighbourhoods and immigrants: from fears of transformation to welcoming diversity

Neighbourhoods and immigrants: from fears of transformation to welcoming diversity

Neighbourhoods are dynamic social entities and that character is evident when they are faced with immigration. Lars Meier (HAWK) analyses the differences between neighbourhood responses to immigrants, which range from welcoming immigration to a blasé attitude, to fears of the unknown. In this blog, he explains the differences between these types of neighbourhood reactions with the help of sociological perspectives on […]

November 21st, 2018|Culture, Featured|1 Comment|
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    Are PPE graduates ruining Britain? MPs who studied it at university are among the most pro-Remain

Are PPE graduates ruining Britain? MPs who studied it at university are among the most pro-Remain

Since the referendum, there has been much speculation about the relationship between MPs’ undergraduate degree subjects and their stance in the Brexit referendum. Yuan Yi Zhu (Oxford) and Noah Carl (Cambridge) observe that MPs who studied PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics) at university are among the most pro-Remain.

Are PPE graduates ruining Britain? In recent years, the ever-popular degree, […]

November 14th, 2018|Culture, Featured|6 Comments|
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    London Calling Brexit: How the rest of the UK views the capital

London Calling Brexit: How the rest of the UK views the capital

London has been accused of dominating UK political, economic and cultural life for hundreds of years. However, the last decade has seen relations become increasingly strained, with a series of seismic events inflaming longstanding tensions between the capital and the rest of the nation. In the third of the London Calling Brexit series, Jack Brown (Centre for London) looks at […]