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    Why a customs union is key for multinational companies to stay in the UK after Brexit

Why a customs union is key for multinational companies to stay in the UK after Brexit

In a customs union, goods cross borders seamlessly; in a free trade agreement, border checks are needed to ensure conformity with rules of origin. Paola Conconi explains why a customs union is key for multinationals wishing to stay in the UK after Brexit.

Some in Theresa May’s Cabinet are pushing for a ‘soft’ Brexit, which would allow the UK to remain close to […]

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    Barriers to digital diplomacy: why are governments slow in adopting technology?

Barriers to digital diplomacy: why are governments slow in adopting technology?

While e-diplomacy is gaining momentum, there are certain factors that are hampering its implementation by governments, and by foreign ministries in particular. Uthayasankar Sivarajah and Vishanth Weerakkody examine these factors and argue that diplomats need to embrace digital diplomacy now if they are to reap its benefits.

There is no doubt that technology has penetrated all aspects of government and […]

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    Populism and energy: Britishness, Europeanness, and responses to energy infrastructures

Populism and energy: Britishness, Europeanness, and responses to energy infrastructures

Susana Batel and Patrick Devine-Wright explore public beliefs about energy issues among different-level identities in the UK, and explain how feelings of belonging to different imaginary communities appear to impact socio-political events such as Brexit.

The deployment of renewable energy technologies and associated infrastructures has been very controversial in the UK in recent times. The deployment of energy infrastructure often […]

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    ‘New poll suggests…’: How to tell when public opinion has really changed

‘New poll suggests…’: How to tell when public opinion has really changed

On a daily basis we are being presented with new opinion polls on various social and political issues, but do these really represent public attitudes? Using a statistical method called bootstrapping to estimate sampling variance, Patrick Sturgis and Jouni Kuha explain how such an approach can improve the quality of debate about UK public opinion.

The volume and frequency of […]

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    England’s qualifications gap and its solutions: evidence from the West Midlands

England’s qualifications gap and its solutions: evidence from the West Midlands

There is currently a significant mismatch between the supply and demand for skills at the regional level, write John R. Bryson, Anne Green, Simon Collinson, and Deniz Sevinc. They focus on the qualifications gap in the West Midlands and explain that the solution requires an integrated strategy, addressing housing, skills, and employment issues.

Given that the Brexit negotiations are far […]

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    The restoration of a ‘lost’ Britain: how nostalgia becomes a dangerous political force

The restoration of a ‘lost’ Britain: how nostalgia becomes a dangerous political force

For many Britons, everything was better in the past. Sophia Gaston writes that this is partly because governments have not always been successful at guiding citizens through times of social and economic change. She examines nostalgia as a political force in Britain and explains why politicians must address, rather than avoid questions about patriotism and identity.

The study of nostalgia […]

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    Sport and the push for ‘Empire 2.0’: the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the media

Sport and the push for ‘Empire 2.0’: the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the media

In recent years, the Commonwealth has gained renewed political and diplomatic importance. Stuart Whigham and Jack Black examine how this development has affected the portrayal of sporting events in the British media, using the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games as a case study.

The ties between sport and politics are often evidenced in the ways in which sporting mega-events, such as […]

Read my lips: no such thing as a Brexit dividend

After all the debunking it has had, including the admission from prominent ‘Leave’ supporters that it was phoney, the continuing hold on British public debate of the claim of £350 million per week for the NHS is an abiding mystery. Iain Begg explains that there is no such thing as a Brexit dividend.

Few doubt the need for increased funding for […]