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Brexit: an opportunity for industrial regeneration

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The decision of the people of the UK to leave the European Union was somewhat unexpected and wholly transformative, one way or another. Political circumstances, including the scale of the democratic mandate, dictates that there can be no backsliding from ‘’Brexit’’. The challenge is instead to establish the path forward to …

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To stop young British voters being outvoted we need a new political choice

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Turnout amongst younger voters in the EU referendum was much lower than their parents and grandparents. The most generous figure for the turnout of 18-24 year olds was the LSE’s 64%. If accurate, it seems more young people were engaged by the question of Brexit than any recent general …

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Brexit / Europe

The Nation-State Is Swimming Against the Currents of History

As Thomas Hobbes’ Leviathan explains, the key tenet of the nation-state is its ability to protect its citizens. People, Hobbes surmised, are prepared to surrender their liberty in exchange for security.

Since Hobbes published his book in 1651, the established political unit for providing security has been the nation-state. But owing to the global evolution of …

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Too Early to Declare Nationalism Resurgent

As post mortems of Britain’s decision to leave the EU have emerged, a particularly compelling and convincing explanation of the result is the resurgence of nationalism.

Nationalism is a notoriously complex phenomenon, but it was perhaps best summarized by the philosopher Ernest Gellner as the “political principle…that the political and the national unit should be …

2016-08-04-Boris
Europe

Only Boris Can Solve the ‘Boris Problem’

The appointment of Boris Johnson, as the UK’s new foreign secretary raised a number of eyebrows, with some going so far as to say his appointment personifies the United Kingdom’s diminishing influence on the world stage. However, in the days and weeks that have followed he has cut an altogether different persona to the frivolous, …

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Brexit Should Spur UK to Progressive Education Policy

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The Brexit vote has been perceived as a backlash to globalization, but one thing is clear: globalisation is not going away. If developed countries are going to weather the current populist storm, they need to start creating policies that respond to the downsides of globalization. Education policy is one place to start.

The globalised economy …

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Following Brexit, the Northern Powerhouse Is More Important Than Ever

Stagnating wages, low productivity and the de-industrialisation of communities both across the UK and the developed world have happened not because of institutions such as the EU – which has spent decades investing in such areas – but because successive governments have followed a policy of neglect, failing to curb the excesses of global capitalism. …

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Bridging the Globalisation Gap

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A number of British people who voted to leave in the EU referendum did so because they felt the system no longer works for them. These people live in areas that have not benefited from globalisation in the same way cities such as London have. Now these areas no longer see …

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Brexit / Europe

We Need a Non-partisan Brexit Team to Make It a Success

It is staggering how much British politicians, private actors and public institutions were caught off guard by the EU referendum result. The lack of a clear Brexit plan became evident almost immediately after the result came in, and exasperated the degree to which the British economy suffered initially from a significant degree of financial …

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Britain Must Heed Chilcot’s Lessons for Remote Warfare

The Chilcot Report may have been written with a focus on the conventional methods of war used in Iraq; however, the government must heed its warnings as the UK becomes ever more reliant on covert, remote means of warfare.

The Chilcot Report marked a landmark moment in addressing the problems with UK military strategy during the …