Brexitland: Identity, Diversity and the Reshaping of British Politics

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Long-term social and demographic changes - and the conflicts they create - continue to transform British politics. In this accessible and authoritative book Sobolewska and Ford show how deep the roots of this polarisation and volatility run, drawing out decades of educational expansion and rising ethnic diversity as key drivers in the emergence of new divides within the British electorate over immigration, identity and diversity. They argue that choices made by political parties from the New Labour era onwards have mobilised these divisions into politics, first through conflicts over immigration, then through conflicts over the European Union, culminating in the 2016 EU referendum. Providing a comprehensive and far-reaching view of a country in turmoil, Brexitland explains how and why this happened, for students, researchers, and anyone who wants to better understand the remarkable political times in which we live.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages410
ISBN (Electronic)9781108562485
ISBN (Print)9781108473576, 9781108461900
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2020


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  • WJM Mackenzie Prize

    Sobolewska, Maria (Recipient) & Ford, Robert (Recipient), 2022

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

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