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What bothers European media most about Brexit?

How does the rest of Europe see Brexit? In this extract from a Reuters Institute report, Alexandra Borchardt (left), Diego Bironzo and Felix M Simon examine what preoccupies the UK’s neighbours. They find trade and the economy has been core to the coverage, with Irish media focussing on Northern Irish border issues, but relatively little interest in migration.

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    That easy IT solution to get “settled status” after Brexit. Will it work as promised?

That easy IT solution to get “settled status” after Brexit. Will it work as promised?

Edgar Whitley (LSE) explains how the process of acquiring “settled status” after Brexit may unfold. His analysis shows there is continuing uncertainty about whether applying for electronic documentation will be indeed as easy as claimed. If it isn’t, then the backlash from EU citizens and the EU could be significant, he concludes.

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  • Permalink Evan Davis at the Institute of Public Affairs and Polis lecture entitled Post-Truth: why we have reached peak bullshit and what we can do about it. Sheikh Zayed Theatre, LSE new Academic Building on the 18th October 2017.

Evan Davis is a well-known broadcaster, presenting the current affairs programme Newsnight, on BBC 2; The Bottom Line on Radio 4 and Dragons’ Den on BBC 2. He was a presenter on Radio 4s The Today programme for six years and prior to Today he was the Economics Editor of the BBC.Gallery

    Book Review: Post-Truth: How We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It by Evan Davis

Book Review: Post-Truth: How We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It by Evan Davis

In Post-Truth: Why We Have Reached Peak Bullshit and What We Can Do About It, Evan Davis analyses the rise of a post-truth environment, its historical antecedents and the cultural factors that enable it to flourish in the contemporary moment. Ignas Kalpokas praises this book for combining journalistic flare, accessibility and substance to offer a multi-faceted understanding of how post-truth functions in society today. 
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‘Like the end of a love story’: Brexit and highly-skilled French migrants in London

French migrants in London, most of them highly skilled and economically successful, were among the most shocked by Brexit. Jon Mulholland (University of the West of England) and Louise Ryan (University of Sheffield), who first researched this group in 2011-12, revisited them after the referendum and found uncertainty, precarity and deep sadness.

Despite the destructive shockwaves of the financial crisis of 2008, […]

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    Is Brexit funny? The cultural significance of comedy about Brexit

Is Brexit funny? The cultural significance of comedy about Brexit

Since mid-2016 there has been a vast amount of jokes, comedy and satire about the EU referendum and Brexit. Is Brexit funny? Is it controversial for comedians to joke about Brexit? Where are all the pro-Brexit comedians? In this blog, Simon Weaver and Sharon Lockyer look at the cultural significance of comedy about Brexit.

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June 26th, 2018|Culture, Featured|0 Comments|

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 […]