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Stopping the Post-Brexit Brain Drain

Britain’s economic welfare is heavily dependent on its trade within the EU. Indeed, it was principally for the economic benefits of being in the free trade area that Britain took up membership in 1973. Since then, the British economy has undergone transformation that has seen London rise to the summit of the financial sector. It …

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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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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 …

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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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Increasing Youth Turnout: The Case for Compulsory Voting in the UK

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It has long been the case that the over 40s have turned out to vote in larger numbers than their younger counterparts. While research shows that 64% of 18-24 year olds turned out to vote (a figure much higher than the claimed 36% by Skydata), this number should have been much higher …

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Young People Need More Politics in School

Making domestic and international politics a key component of secondary education would improve political engagement of young people in the UK.  

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Politics should become a mandatory core subject at GCSE level and Scottish equivalent. There is currently no option to do this, the closest options given at this level are either ‘citizenship’ or ‘modern studies’ …

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Syria: Are there any Options?

Wounded civilians arrive at a hospital in Aleppo. Photo source: Voice of America News: Scott Bob reports from Aleppo, Syria via Wikimedia Commons

It seems that not a day goes by without news of fresh tragedy in Syria. Reports have emerged that Islamic State may have been responsible for chemical weapons attacks, two years after …

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Rainbow Marches and “Propaganda” Laws: Pride and Prejudice

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On May 1 of this year, Russian LGBT human rights activists marched alongside their compatriots in St. Petersburg’s annual Labor Day parade. In a country famous for its draconian anti-LGBT legislation, agents of the Russian state—namely, the police—intervened on behalf of their LGBT nationals. When Vitaly …

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Gender Equality in the Czech Republic: the EU and its ‘Fancy Coat’

To what extent has the EU been effective in promoting gender equality in the Czech Republic, since its accession in 2004?

The extent to which the EU has fulfilled its pledge to spread and promote gender equality within its member states during the 2004 enlargement process is debatable. The case of the Czech Republic, a state that slipped …