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Trump and Brexit are results of a dysfunction of democracy

2016 in many ways appeared to ring the death knell for liberal democracies. Manjeet Ramgotra explores why the outcomes of the UK referendum and US elections were so close and the implications for democracy and liberal values.

 

The year 2016 has changed the political landscapes of Europe and the United States of America.  The United Kingdom rejected its longstanding membership in the European Union […]

January 25th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments|
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    In the wake of the Brexit vote social democrats must recognize capitalism as a source of injustice

In the wake of the Brexit vote social democrats must recognize capitalism as a source of injustice

Despite the threat of populist nationalists seizing the day in the maelstrom of Brexit, the British centre-left has refused to reconsider its basic understanding of European capitalism. Douglas Voigt argues that for Europe’s sake, social democrats must recognise this economic system as the very source of injustice.

Since June 23, this obstinacy is reflected in the contrast relentlessly expressed by figures in […]

Spatial models help explain how hard Brexit negotiations will be – but still miss vital factors

Can a spatial model help us to understand the complexity and difficulty of the Brexit negotiations from Britain’s point of view? Chris Hanretty maps the possible outcomes and goes on to explain their limitations – namely timing (the two-year deadline once Article 50 is triggered), texture (the possibility of compromise) and bargaining power.
I’ve previously argued that Brexit negotiations will […]

What part did the EU play in raising women’s pensionable age?

Women born in 1954 or later now have to wait longer to claim their pensions in order to bring them into line with men. Annick Masselot, Roberta Guerrina and Bridgette McLellan explain how the UK implemented an EU directive requiring the sexes to be treated equally for social security purposes. They argue that although, on average, women are worse-off in old age […]

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    After a Leave vote the UK would have a strong hand in any trade negotiations

After a Leave vote the UK would have a strong hand in any trade negotiations

The UK runs significant trade deficits with politically important EU countries. Ruth Lea shows that it is hence an  important market for the EU’s key exporters and rather than being a supplicant, the UK would, after a vote to leave the union, have a very strong hand of cards to play.

It is sometimes claimed that UK markets matter […]

Reading the small print: will Cameron’s EU migration reforms pass legal muster?

The draft renegotiation deal obtained by David Cameron would amend three EU laws relating to migration: the free movement of citizens, their right to seek work in another Member State, and their right to claim social security benefits. Steve Peers explains what the proposals will mean and looks at whether they may be liable to legal challenge. He concludes that […]

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    Matthew Goodwin’s holiday update: the Leave campaign should start to worry

Matthew Goodwin’s holiday update: the Leave campaign should start to worry

Our regular columnist Matthew Goodwin offers an update on the recent public opinion dynamics regarding Brexit and shows there is little evidence that the Leave side has made progress in 2015. He also looks at the role political elites and the issue of immigration may play in shaping the referendum outcome in the year to come.

This time next year Britain may have decided to Remain in or […]

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