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|

Why are the white working classes still being held responsible for Brexit and Trump?

Why do we persist in holding the ‘white working class’ accountable for Brexit and Donald Trump’s win, when the evidence suggests it was the backing of the white middle classes that secured them? Gurminder K Bhambra (University of Sussex) argues that a pervasive ‘methodological whiteness’ has distorted social scientific accounts of both these elections. It has enabled commentators to offer economic disadvantage as an […]

November 10th, 2017|Culture, Featured|10 Comments|

What young Britons really think about Brexit and their prospects outside the EU

In the immediate aftermath of the EU referendum, much was made of how devastated young people were by the result. A survey by Lord Ashcroft suggested that over 70% of young people aged 18-24 voted Remain, while almost 60% of over 55s voted to Leave. In her ongoing research, Avril Keating (UCL) found that this view is too simplistic: in practice, young people’s […]

The Mail’s ‘Brexit bias’ witch-hunt is wrong, but raises uncomfortable home truths

Chris Heaton-Harris MP was wrong to ask vice-chancellors for details of their Brexit teaching, and the subsequent Daily Mail witch-hunt against Remainers is contemptible. But, Lee Jones argues, the imbroglio does highlight some serious problems within academia and its relationship to wider society.

As one of the small handful of openly pro-Brexit academics, I was quoted in all of the […]

October 30th, 2017|Culture, Featured|13 Comments|

What I teach about Brexit to my (so far distinctly Eurosceptical) students

The MP Chris Heaton-Harris has asked vice-chancellors to disclose the names of academics teaching about the EU, and the content of their courses. Oliver Daddow (University of Nottingham) explains what students on his new Brexit: Foreign Policy and the Withdrawal from Europe course are studying. Many are indignant at the suggestion they would soak up ‘Remain propaganda’ and most currently think Britain should not […]

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    Why the idea of ‘generation’ needs to be articulated more carefully in politics

Why the idea of ‘generation’ needs to be articulated more carefully in politics

Ben Little and Alison Winch explain the different meanings of generation in political culture and highlight the tension that exists between them. They argue that a successful application of the concept is able to mark both continuity and difference, turning the power of conservative thought to radical ends.

In mainstream political culture, one of the most frequently recurring – and […]

October 27th, 2017|Culture, Featured|0 Comments|

Understanding European Union science diplomacy

In recent decades, a great deal of attention has focused on the EU’s attempts to exert influence on the global stage, but one area which has received relatively little attention is the issue of so-called ‘science diplomacy’. Alea López de San Román and Simon Schunz provide a detailed overview of what science diplomacy entails, and how the EU is […]

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    Contrary to popular opinion, there is no populist upsurge in Britain

Contrary to popular opinion, there is no populist upsurge in Britain

Given how often we use the term, we need to be more accurate about who and what we deem populist, writes Luke March. He defines the term and argues that, contrary to what many claim, there is no populist upsurge in the UK.

It has become a standard cliché that populism, like communism before it, is the ‘spectre’ haunting Europe. There is allegedly a populist […]

Why there is no brain drain (yet) of EU academics in the UK

A predicted exodus of EU academics from British universities has not yet materialised. Helen de Cruz (Oxford Brookes University) discusses why – despite the uncertainty hanging over their future status and rights – the ‘brain drain’ has not really begun yet. Finding new posts, especially at a very senior level, can take time; hiring systems elsewhere in Europe are opaque and […]

To Brussels via Rome: how Eurosceptical are British Christians?

Catholics tend to have a more positive view of the EU than other Christians, write Ekaterina Kolpinskaya (Swansea University) and Stuart Fox (Cardiff University), who have analysed Euroscepticism among different denominations. The religious are more likely to be Eurosceptic, with members of the Church of England and Presbyterians especially so. The authors attribute these differences to a deep-rooted suspicion of supranational institutions […]

October 10th, 2017|Culture, Featured|5 Comments|