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    The Conservatives’ 100k net migration aim is an act of self-harm

The Conservatives’ 100k net migration aim is an act of self-harm

The Conservative manifesto reaffirmed a commitment to cut net migration to less than 100,000 a year, while employers will have to pay a levy to hire a skilled worker from abroad. The target is arbitrary, costly and an act of economic self-harm, says Rachel Marangozov. It will worsen the recruitment crisis in the NHS at a time when the UK […]

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    Brexit could mean greater freedom, but also international domination over the UK

Brexit could mean greater freedom, but also international domination over the UK

For some, Brexit was about giving the UK the freedom to make its own decisions without having to respect, be accountable to, or abide by EU law. Matteo Bonotti uses the republican concept of freedom as non-domination in order to explain why Leavers’ understanding of freedom may not be the whole story.

In an article published on this blog shortly […]

The Long Read: The Working Class Hasn’t Gone Away

Ron Johnston reviews three recent books that, in very different ways, explore the changing nature and politics of the working class in post-industrial societies.
The New Politics of Class: The Political Exclusion of the British Working Class. Geoffrey Evans and James Tilley. Oxford University Press. 2017.
The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality. Justin […]

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    Taking back control of ideas: How politicians can shape public debates on immigration

Taking back control of ideas: How politicians can shape public debates on immigration

How can people be convinced that immigration is actually not a threat? Christina Boswell and James Hampshire explain that, in shaping public beliefs, narratives and images are more important than statistics. So, politicians who want to challenge the current demonisation of foreigners must construct narratives about immigration and its place in our society which draw on existing public philosophies […]

Truth to tell: populism and the immigration debate

The populist surge that helped propel Brexit isn’t going to help the UK take control of its borders, writes Tim Bale. Neither Labour nor the Conservatives have been honest with voters about immigration policy, and that shows little signs of changing after a hard Brexit. The gap between rhetoric and reality has given politicians the opportunity to indulge in populist promises. […]

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    Interview with Eric Kaufmann: cultural values and the rise of right-wing populism in the West

Interview with Eric Kaufmann: cultural values and the rise of right-wing populism in the West

As Donald Trump forms one outrageous policy after another, and as the UK government remains unclear as to what future it is pursuing for the country post-Brexit, Eric Kaufmann discusses the factors that led people to back populist rhetorics with editors Chris Gilson and Artemis Photiadou.

Recent developments in Western politics – the most recent being the US travel […]

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    More tolerant, yet more divided? UK-US parallels in the wake of Brexit and Trump

More tolerant, yet more divided? UK-US parallels in the wake of Brexit and Trump

Both the Brexit referendum and Trump’s election were fuelled in part by anti-immigration sentiment. Yet both the US and the UK are gradually becoming more tolerant of racial diversity. Maria Sobolewska explores this apparent contradiction between diminishing racial prejudice and a swing to the right on immigration policy.

After the largely unexpected Trump victory in the US presidential elections, the […]

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    Unequal political rights: the case for immigrant suffrage in the UK

Unequal political rights: the case for immigrant suffrage in the UK

The distribution of political rights in the UK undermines the assumption of equality that underpins democratic practice, writes Sean Fox. He makes the case for extending voting rights to all legal immigrants living in the UK – whose lives are affected by government decisions as much as those who, by virtue of their citizenship, get to have a say […]

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