Eric Kaufmann

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    UK voters, including Leavers, care more about reducing non-EU than EU migration

UK voters, including Leavers, care more about reducing non-EU than EU migration

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Despite the argument that Brexit was about sovereignty and only secondarily about immigration, new data suggest otherwise. Simon Hix, Eric Kaufmann, and Thomas J. Leeper show the importance of reducing immigration levels – especially from outside the EU – to British voters.
Brexit leaders such as Boris Johnson have maintained a narrative that sovereignty, not immigration, was the key motivation […]

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    Why the fear of Islamization is driving populist right support – and what to do about it

Why the fear of Islamization is driving populist right support – and what to do about it

Mainstream parties need to begin addressing conservative whites’ anxieties about the demographic growth of Islam, or populists will continue to thrive, writes Eric Kaufmann. He argues that this demands a sustained programme for improving ‘demographic literacy’.

Geert Wilders may not have come first in the Dutch election, but he came second and forced his opponent, Mark Rutte, to tack closer to Wilders’ […]

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    Why Trump’s Wall is not racist, the Muslim ban is, and why the difference matters

Why Trump’s Wall is not racist, the Muslim ban is, and why the difference matters

In his short time in office, President Trump has signed an order to construct his long-promised border wall with Mexico, and another which would stop refugees from entering the US and placed a 90-day ban on immigrants from seven Muslim countries. Eric Kaufmann writes that Trump’s Muslim ban classifies as ‘racist’ as it is based on an irrational fear of […]

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Hard Brexit? Only if it’s free

Lowering immigration was the key motivation behind the Brexit vote, and how to achieve it dominates the current political debate. Drawing on new data, Eric Kaufmann analyses the propsects of support for a hard and a soft Brexit, based on how much Britons would be willing to pay to reduce the number of Europeans entering the UK.

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    It’s NOT the economy, stupid: Brexit as a story of personal values

It’s NOT the economy, stupid: Brexit as a story of personal values

The story of the referendum is usually told through geography: areas that had been left behind by globalisation voted to Leave. But this tells us only so much, writes Eric Kaufmann. Knowing where Leave voters live does not, in itself, explain why individuals chose to vote a certain way. Here, he demonstrates the importance of invisible differences between groups, […]

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Reducing European immigration to the UK may actually hasten ethnic change in Britain

Free movement in the European Union has been a source of controversy in the UK, with the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) being particularly critical of levels of EU immigration into the country. Eric Kaufmann writes that opposition to European immigration may be a veiled way of expressing deeper concerns over racial change. He notes that at the same […]

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Book Review: The Oxford Handbook of the History of Nationalism

Across thirty six essays The Oxford Handbook of the History of Nationalism presents the ideas, sentiments, and politics of nationalism. With international examples the Handbook also looks at the major challenges to nationalism: international socialism, religion, pan-nationalism, and globalization, before a final section considering how historians have approached the subject of nationalism. Eric Kaufmann finds a rich account of modern […]

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