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The bifurcation of politics: two Englands

The bifurcation of politics: two Englands
The bifurcation of politics: two Englands
A dynamic of global economic development means that many countries are experiencing uneven development and their citizens are increasingly split between those who can access high skill jobs and those that cannot. As a result some citizens are living in cosmopolitan areas of growth and others in backwater areas of decline. There is emerging out of these processes two versions of England. In cosmopolitan areas we find an England that is global in outlook, liberal and more plural in its sense of identity. In provincial backwaters we find an England that is inward looking, relatively illiberal, negative about the EU and immigration, nostalgic and more English in its identity. This bifurcation of England is already having political effects reflected in the outcome of 2015 General Election. It will further reconfigure politics over the next two decades, creating diverse political citizens and a complex array of challenges and dilemmas for governments, political parties, campaigners and political organisers.
globalisation, economic change, anti-politics, class dealignment, locality
0032-3179
1-22
Jennings, Will
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Stoker, Gerry
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Jennings, Will
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Stoker, Gerry
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Jennings, Will and Stoker, Gerry (2016) The bifurcation of politics: two Englands. The Political Quarterly, 1-22. (doi:10.1111/1467-923X.12228).

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A dynamic of global economic development means that many countries are experiencing uneven development and their citizens are increasingly split between those who can access high skill jobs and those that cannot. As a result some citizens are living in cosmopolitan areas of growth and others in backwater areas of decline. There is emerging out of these processes two versions of England. In cosmopolitan areas we find an England that is global in outlook, liberal and more plural in its sense of identity. In provincial backwaters we find an England that is inward looking, relatively illiberal, negative about the EU and immigration, nostalgic and more English in its identity. This bifurcation of England is already having political effects reflected in the outcome of 2015 General Election. It will further reconfigure politics over the next two decades, creating diverse political citizens and a complex array of challenges and dilemmas for governments, political parties, campaigners and political organisers.

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Accepted/In Press date: 11 February 2016
Published date: 17 March 2016
Keywords: globalisation, economic change, anti-politics, class dealignment, locality
Organisations: Politics & International Relations

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Local EPrints ID: 387265
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/387265
ISSN: 0032-3179
PURE UUID: e018e491-1997-4bf2-a130-fa410bf69643
ORCID for Will Jennings: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9007-8896
ORCID for Gerry Stoker: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-8172-3395

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Date deposited: 17 Feb 2016 09:15
Last modified: 23 Jul 2022 02:04

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