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    Denial, anger, and acceptance: moving to the next phase of the British far-right

Denial, anger, and acceptance: moving to the next phase of the British far-right

In spite of evidence of long-running and large latent support, we have been in a state of denial about the far-right in Britain, which has fed into the growth of UKIP, writes Helen Margetts. Here, she outlines the state of the far-right and argues that we need to move towards acceptance, be alert to signals in long-running trends, and […]

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    Anti-corruption after Brexit: What is left of David Cameron’s legacy?

Anti-corruption after Brexit: What is left of David Cameron’s legacy?

David Cameron’s government frequently emphasised the need to tackle corruption, both within the UK and abroad. Daniel Hough assesses how this picture is likely to change following Britain’s decision to leave the EU and the appointment of Theresa May as Prime Minister. He writes that with Brexit posing a number of challenges for May’s government, there is a danger […]

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    When anti-Islamic protest ends: explaining the decline of the EDL

When anti-Islamic protest ends: explaining the decline of the EDL

There have been multiple studies exploring the rise and fall of the English Defence League, and which attribute its failure to factors including lack of vision, internal infighting, and to the state’s responses. William Allchorn argues that although these explanations are useful, they fail to acknowledge how changes in the external political and security environment may have affected EDL […]

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    David Davis has demonstrated a decidedly muddled understanding of trade policy

David Davis has demonstrated a decidedly muddled understanding of trade policy

One of the arguments made by the Leave campaign during the UK’s referendum was that Brexit would allow Britain to negotiate trade deals globally more quickly than would be possible via the EU. Mark Manger writes that the plans outlined so far by David Davis, the UK’s new ‘Brexit Secretary’, indicate this is likely to be a key priority […]

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    ‘Back to the Future?’ Brexit, elitism, and the British Political Tradition

‘Back to the Future?’ Brexit, elitism, and the British Political Tradition

Following the referendum, British politics is about to enter into a process of de-Europeanisation. Danny Fitzpatrick and Dave Richards warn that Brexit – an outcome unanticipated and perhaps even unwanted by many on the Leave campaign – should not be used as a justification for preserving the elitism that has characterised the British Political Tradition.

With a record national turnout […]

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    Using EU citizens as bargaining chips is wrong, problematic – and possibly illegal

Using EU citizens as bargaining chips is wrong, problematic – and possibly illegal

The government’s unwillingness to guarantee the status of EU citizens living in the UK following the Brexit vote may be violating the European Convention on Human Rights, argues Virginia Mantouvalou. (And regardless of what misleading Leave leaflets claimed, UK obligations under the Convention were not being decided by the referendum.)

Days after the Brexit vote, Theresa May stated that she […]

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    Why dismissing uncomfortable views as ‘far right’ risks political complacency

Why dismissing uncomfortable views as ‘far right’ risks political complacency

As the excavation of what explains the Brexit vote drills ever deeper, it is striking that the outcome of a campaign in which immigration was key appears to have come as a surprise, writes Hilary Pilkington. Based on insights from her ethnographic study of English Defence League activism, she explains why social researchers need to start studying views they might […]

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    From “Watchdog” to “Attackdog”: Media depictions of Jeremy Corbyn are an affront to democracy

From “Watchdog” to “Attackdog”: Media depictions of Jeremy Corbyn are an affront to democracy

A healthy democracy requires a watchdog in its press — not an ‘attackdog’, ‘snarling’ and ‘barking’ at an elected politician. Yet this is how Jeremy Corbyn is being treated by the media, explains Brooks DeCillia. He outlines the findings of LSE research that show how the Leader of the Opposition is being delegitimased by the British press through distortion, […]

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