Eric Kaufmann

Partition: It’s time to recognise reality in Syria

The creation of an Alawi-minority coastal canton is a sine qua non for cutting the Gordian knot that is the Syrian conflict, argues Eric Kaufmann.

Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama emerged from talks this week predictably far apart on the question of Bashar Al-Assad’s future. Russia wants him to remain as their client, recognising him as the country’s leader. Britain […]

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    Positive contact or “white flight”?: why whites in diverse places are more tolerant of immigration

Positive contact or “white flight”?: why whites in diverse places are more tolerant of immigration

New research by Eric Kaufmann finds that local diversity does lead to more tolerant white attitudes and this is not the result of ‘white flight’. The results suggest that, as more locales become diverse, there will be more interethnic contact and more positive white attitudes to outgroups. 

Does living in a diverse area make whites more tolerant of immigration and minorities, or […]

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    The ‘shy’ English nationalists who won it for the Tories and flummoxed the pollsters

The ‘shy’ English nationalists who won it for the Tories and flummoxed the pollsters

Most newspapers concluded that the Tories mainly won over Lib Dem and Labour waverers to score a surprising majority in the general election. However, as Eric Kaufmann shows here, it was really the English nationalist penumbra around UKIP, rather than Lib Dem or Labour switchers, that explains the great polling calamity. 

Like most who watched the election, I was stunned by the […]

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    Rochester and UKIP: We shouldn’t leap to the conclusion that this by-election is a bellwether for 2015

Rochester and UKIP: We shouldn’t leap to the conclusion that this by-election is a bellwether for 2015

UKIP has won another by-election victory, with Conservative defector Mark Reckless reclaiming his Rochester & Strood seat wearing purple. On the face of it, the constituency didn’t seem all that favourable to UKIP. Eric Kaufmann explains why UKIP has done well in Rochester, writing that low ‘social capital’ seems to characterise UKIP voters and Rochester residents. The constituency was actually a very favourable target for UKIP – we […]

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    The lessons of Clacton and Heywood: Why UKIP will damage the Tories in 2015 but may ultimately harm Labour

The lessons of Clacton and Heywood: Why UKIP will damage the Tories in 2015 but may ultimately harm Labour

Douglas Carswell has become the first UK MP with an easy win in the Clacton by-election. UKIP has also performed strongly in the Heywood by-election, taking 38% of the vote. Two strong UKIP performances, resulting in a Tory loss in one and a Labour win in the other. The results are indicative of what may happen in the 2015 […]

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    London is less integrated than the rest of the country, a report finds

London is less integrated than the rest of the country, a report finds

Eric Kaufmann reviews a report on social integration in Britain which finds that segregation on age, class and socio-economic lines is a serious and persistent fact of British society. Ethnic segregation is highest among the lower middle class and in London. The most isolated groups of all are not ethnic minorities, however, but the unemployed and elderly, which has important implications […]

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    Turning off the European migration tap may actually hasten ethnic change in Britain, ironically leading to an own-goal for UKIP

Turning off the European migration tap may actually hasten ethnic change in Britain, ironically leading to an own-goal for UKIP

Anti-prejudice norms condition the way people express their opposition to immigration – stressing European rather than non-European migrants, economic over cultural motivations. So, opposition to European immigration may be a veiled way of expressing deeper concerns over racial change. At the same time, assimilation mitigates ethnic change; a significant number of European immigrants shift to White British identity over time. If […]

White Flight in England? White attraction rather than repulsion seems to be the story

With concerns about immigration and integration a hot political topic, many point to the data showing that places with large increases of ethnic minority populations witnessed the greatest loss in white British population as a sign of distaste for diversity. However, research by Eric Kaufmann and colleagues into the spatial dispersion of white British and ethnic minority populations casts doubt on the […]

December 17th, 2013|Eric Kaufmann|8 Comments|