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Anna Killick

, in the shape of minimum-wage rates, in-work benefits and social services, on a day-to-day basis. In contrast, Rachel actively follows ‘the economy’, speculating on it. In Brexit Britain, talk about ‘the economy’ dominates. From the 2016 referendum on membership of the European Union until the 2019 election, the main theme was how much ‘no deal’ or softer versions of Brexit would damage the economy (UK Government 2018 ). At the time of writing, these arguments about the economic effects of different future relationships with the European Union look like they

in Rigged
Lord David Owen

deterrent of four Trident replacement submarines was necessary. Corbyn, on defence, will never be seen by the public as being like Clement Attlee who was viewed by most people as a patriotic socialist (Owen, 2016), but he has wisely rebutted the charge of being a pacifist. Labour in 2017 fought on as radical a general election manifesto as was produced in 1945. Attlee’s election manifesto on social and industrial policy was every bit as radical as Corbyn’s and Attlee was never an enthusiast for the Common Market. Brexit Brexit is not a purely British phenomenon as some

in Making social democrats
Social and cultural modernity beyond the nation-state
Author: Shivdeep Grewal

German philosopher Jürgen Habermas has written extensively on the European Union. This is the only in-depth account of his project. Published now in a second edition to coincide with the celebration of his ninetieth birthday, a new preface considers Habermas’s writings on the eurozone and refugee crises, populism and Brexit, and the presidency of Emmanuel Macron.

Placing an emphasis on the conception of the EU that informs Habermas’s political prescriptions, the book is divided into two main parts. The first considers the unfolding of 'social modernity' at the level of the EU. Among the subjects covered are Habermas's concept of juridification, the latter's affinities with integration theories such as neofunctionalism, and the application of Habermas's democratic theory to the EU. The second part addresses 'cultural modernity' in Europe – 'Europessimism' is argued to be a subset of the broader cultural pessimism that assailed the project of modernity in the late twentieth century, and with renewed intensity in the years since 9/11.

Interdisciplinary in approach, this book engages with European/EU studies, critical theory, political theory, international relations, intellectual history, comparative literature, and philosophy. Concise and clearly written, it will be of interest to students, scholars and professionals with an interest in these disciplines, as well as to a broader readership concerned with the future of Europe

Anna Killick

from our own. Increasing ‘dissociation’ from ‘the economy’ This book challenges the ‘post-materialist’ claim (Inglehart and Norris 2016 , 2019 ) that ‘the economy’ is becoming less important to all people. It also challenges the claim in commentary on Brexit Britain that ‘the economy’ is becoming less important in particular to low-income people (Kaufmann 2017 ). Instead it backs scholarship that suggests that understandings of ‘the economy’ are changing . The interpretation low-income participants have of the ‘official’ economy as something that does not

in Rigged
Fiona Murphy and Ulrike M. Vieten

border. In the midst of debates about Brexit and the possibilities of the reinstatement of a hard border on the island these questions have had a particular resonance. In the days after the attack, racist posters began to appear in various spots around Dundalk. Different layers of racist discourse became evident through the media coverage of this murder: Islamophobia – anti-Muslim racism (the asylum seeker, Mohammed) and the murder of another non-white other (Yosuke) were the key dichotomies. This particular story evinces the notion that

in Immigrants as outsiders in the two Irelands
Marta Kempny

the perceptions of Polish settlers have shifted over time. It also endeavours to address the reactions of interviewees to changes in social and political attitudes in the UK in the wake of the Brexit vote. There are about thirty thousand Polish nationals in Northern Ireland, the majority residing in Belfast. These Polish migrants were usually young adults when they arrived in Northern Ireland, and they have been economically active since the very beginning of their stay. Although migration is not a new phenomenon in Northern Ireland, it has

in Immigrants as outsiders in the two Irelands
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The British labour movement between unity and division
Emmanuelle Avril and Yann Béliard

Introduction: the British labour movement between unity and division Emmanuelle Avril and Yann Béliard The current troubles inside the Labour Party – which followed Jeremy Corbyn’s election as party leader in September 2015 and were accelerated by the 23 June 2016 Brexit referendum – have made a number of concerns that seemed outmoded topical again, and rekindled the interest of both academics and practitioners in organisational matters. A party built just over a century ago by the joint efforts of most trade-union and socialist organisations, a party that had

in Labour united and divided from the 1830s to the present
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Brice Dickson

eventually to be devolved to Edinburgh and Cardiff after Brexit takes effect, but the Scottish government refused to consent to this legislation and the Scottish Parliament instead agreed a Bill aimed at transferring to itself all former EU-based powers relating to matters devolved in Scotland. In December 2018, however, the UK Supreme Court ruled that in several respects the Scottish Bill was invalid. As stressed in the Miller case ( Miller 2017 ), the Sewel convention still has merely a political character

in Writing the United Kingdom Constitution
Martin Steven

Oxfordshire MP, David Cameron, was persuaded to hold a referendum by backbench colleagues at Westminster worried by the rise in electoral support for the UK Independence Party. ‘Soft’-Euroscepticism (Szczerbiak and Taggart 2008 ), and indeed Euro-realism itself, ultimately brought about the potential for a much harder type of Brexit – something which many in the Conservative Party, not least Cameron, must profoundly regret, given how they campaigned for a Remain vote. It is difficult to escape the fact that ECR institutionally represents the awkwardness that many British

in The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR)
Electoral timing
Timothy Noël Peacock

majority for the Queen’s Speech as a factor in determining electoral timing. In addition, he sought to lay the groundwork for an autumn session, requesting a paper that outlined what actions would have to be taken to ensure that the Government could carry on if there were no autumn election, in terms of critical votes that could not be delayed and handling other events including the devolution referenda. One of May’s significant justifications for the June 2017 election was that of opposition parties obstructing the Government over Brexit, although even from the outset

in The British tradition of minority government