Freedom, Oppression, Sacrifice: Chronicles from the Italian Lockdown

Dr Alfonso Del Percio, Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics, UCL Institute of Education, reflects on the experience of buying a used car, and theorises the intersection of language, migrant labour and inequality in times of COVID-19. An expanded version of this piece appears on Del Percio’s blog, Disruptive Inequalities. Read it here. I want to buy a car. I want my freedom back. The government … Continue reading Freedom, Oppression, Sacrifice: Chronicles from the Italian Lockdown

What policy do British voters want on EU immigration? Is there a hidden consensus?

Very few British people know about restrictions on freedom of movement allowed under existing EU regulations. Yet when they learn about the EU’s “three-month rule”, two-thirds (64%) say it would provide “enough control” over EU immigration. And 67% say that they would support the introduction of ID cards if it meant the authorities could enforce restrictions applied in other EU countries. Tessa Buchanan (UCL), Lee de-Wit (University … Continue reading What policy do British voters want on EU immigration? Is there a hidden consensus?

Sustainability: the invisible common ground between the Italian problem and reforms in Europe

According to Marc Brightman, the problems of migration and economic stagnation, often referenced as the causes of the votes for Brexit or populist parties in Italy, should be treated together as part of a single problem of sustainability. An opportunity exists to exploit the rather consensual ground of environmental economics and ecological economics in European negotiations to agree on reforms for Italy and the other … Continue reading Sustainability: the invisible common ground between the Italian problem and reforms in Europe

On the Frontline: Brexit as Bereavement

In this article originally written for Discover Society, Verena K. Brändle, Charlotte Galpin, and Hans-Jörg Trenz explore pro-European mobilisation in the UK as an emotional counter-reaction to populist discourse during Brexit and its claim of a unitary representation of the sovereign ‘will of the people’. Since the referendum in June 2016, a new phenomenon of bottom-up, self-organized pro-EU mobilisation has appeared in the UK. In the … Continue reading On the Frontline: Brexit as Bereavement

Brexit, Immigration And £100

Simon Wren-Lewis, Professor of Economics at Oxford University, writes that the EU referendum boils down to economics versus immigration, but that economics wins out when put to the test. With so many heavyweights, from Barack Obama to Mark Carney, saying that we will be worse off with Brexit, why are the polls still neck and neck? There seem to me two reasonable explanations: that the … Continue reading Brexit, Immigration And £100