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    Politicising national identity: Welsh parties conflate ‘Welshness’ with their own political ideology

Politicising national identity: Welsh parties conflate ‘Welshness’ with their own political ideology

The politicisation of national identity in Wales has increased dramatically since devolution. But political parties do not present a common version of ‘Welshness’, writes Sophie Williams. Each party expresses their own version instead, conflating national identity with their own political ideology in the process.

Late 2017 saw the effect that heightened calls for self-determination can have on the status quo. The […]

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    How shifts in Scottish public opinion helped the Conservatives reverse their long-term decline

How shifts in Scottish public opinion helped the Conservatives reverse their long-term decline

Kieran Wright argues that changes in Scottish public opinion since the introduction of devolution have neutralised certain features of the Scottish Conservative Party that used to be a significant electoral liability.

In marked contrast to the party’s anaemic performance in the rest of Great Britain, the Conservative Party in Scotland enjoyed its best night in decades in the 2017 general […]

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    EVEL won’t worry the new government – but the West Lothian question may well do

EVEL won’t worry the new government – but the West Lothian question may well do

Following the election result some pundits have suggested that English votes for English laws might be an obstacle to the government, given its reliance on support from non-English MPs, whilst others have suggested the procedures might provide the government with an enhanced English majority. In this post Daniel Gover and Michael Kenny explain that neither of these possibilities is […]

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    What is new and what is nationalist about Europe’s ‘new nationalism’?

What is new and what is nationalist about Europe’s ‘new nationalism’?

The success of several new parties with a broadly nationalist agenda has prompted some authors to speak of the rise of a ‘new nationalism’ in European politics. But what what does that mean? Daphne Halikiopoulou argues that while the rhetoric of these parties is indeed centred on nationalism, the drivers of support are neither new nor necessarily nationalism-related. What […]

After Brexit: the English question surfaces?

In fulfilling the demands of Brexit voters, the government faces great obstacles, both from within and outside the UK. One of those is the kind of polity that would allow the May government to pursue its version of Brexit: the kind that requires a re-assertion of the powers of the unitary state which are in profound tension since devolution. […]

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    Multiculturalism is unpopular with the majority – even though it makes for happier societies

Multiculturalism is unpopular with the majority – even though it makes for happier societies

How do people feel about multicultural policies? Ethnic majorities tend to resent them, and feel less safe in societies with a number of affirmative and rights-based policies, write Pamela Irving Jackson and Peter Doerschler. As a result, governments have come under pressure to ensure policies that tackle inequality benefit everyone. Yet both ethnic majorities and minorities declare themselves happier with their […]

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    What can emotions tell us about the resurgence of nationalism? Some notes from London 2012

What can emotions tell us about the resurgence of nationalism? Some notes from London 2012

The London 2012 Olympics, although only four years ago, already represent a very different time politically, coming as they did before IndyRef, Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. But, argue Mark Pope, Jan Niklas Rolf and Nora Siklodi roots of our current political climate could be seen at the time of the Olympics, even if they espoused a rhetoric of […]

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    Gastronationalism? How Europe’s food production is entangled in nationalist politics

Gastronationalism? How Europe’s food production is entangled in nationalist politics

A number of actors have called for the extension of EU rules on food labelling under which products sold in the EU are required to indicate their country of origin. Herman Lelieveldt writes that this debate is part of a wider rise in so called ‘gastronationalism’ across Europe, where food production is assigned symbolic value by those who […]