Mark Walters, Rupert Brown, and Susann Wiedlitzka (Sussex): Causes and Motivations of Hate Crime (a report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission). Richard Traunmuller (Frankfurt) and Marc Helbling (Bamberg): Public Opinion Backlash to Liberal Policy: The Case of Muslim Political Rights in the UK. Kenan Malik: “How did the left radicalism of my Manchester youth give way to Islamism?” Rainbow nation, racist background: Britain can’t face the future until it takes an unflinching look at its past. Inventing (the) English: Rachel Moss on racism, multilingualism and medieval studies. Angus Harrison on how British people talk about patriotism.

Goodbye to the liberal era: Jonathan Rutherford on how identity politics replaced class and the personal became political. John Kampfner reviews The Road to Somewhere: The Populist Revolt and the Future of Politics by David Goodhart. Why are the UK and US more vulnerable to right wing populism? Britain is becoming more fenced off, vindictive and callous. Brexit: British people have changed their minds on leaving the EU, poll finds. Sleepwalking towards a chaotic Brexit: The likelihood that there will be no deal is now even higher than before the election. Preparing for “Brexit”, Britons face economic pinch at home.

New hope for Britain: The release of Labour’s manifesto marked the moment when the tide turned. Theresa May’s problem is that she is far too British for her own good; what used to be called a stiff upper lip is now seen as fault, if not a disability which requires treatment. Grenfell Tower will forever stand as a rebuke to the Right. Where to house the Grenfell homeless? Expropriate the rich’s empty investments.


The Democracy Fund Voter Study Group has a new survey of the electorate that explodes many of the myths that we believe about American politics. How the GOP came to dominate, and be dominated by, rural voters. “In summary, the Republican Southern Strategy seems to have effectively conflated government intervention with assistance to the ‘underserving’, who are consciously or unconsciously associated with urban people of color”. For Trump voters, everything is still awesome — this may be why. Two years ago, they couldn’t look away — now some Trump supporters are tuning out. Trump is offering populism, minus the free candy. Daniel W. Drezner on what political science can tell us about the causes and effects of populism.


Elke Elisabeth Schmidt (Siegen): Are Lovers Ever One? Reconstructing the Union Theory of Love. Jodok Troy (Innsbruck): Two “Popes” to Speak for the World: The Pope and the United Nations Secretary General in World Politics. What is Putin up to in Syria? Russia and the U.S. are coming into conflict, even as they claim to be fighting the same enemy (and more). A crushing blow in the French elections is the latest setback for Europe’s far right. Can the new activist passion of suburban white women change American politics? How Amazon is changing the whole concept of monopoly. Wikipedia’s method for sorting out “good” and “bad” sources is a mess. DNA replication has been filmed for the first time, and it’s not what we expected.

Republicans are so much better than Democrats at gerrymandering. How to quantify (and fight) gerrymandering: Powerful new quantitative tools are now available to combat partisan bias in the drawing of voting districts. The mathematicians who want to save democracy: With algorithms in hand, scientists are looking to make elections in the United States more representative. How 2 academics got the Supreme Court to reexamine gerrymandering. Why the Supreme Court’s decision to review Wisconsin’s gerrymandering is such a big deal.


The iMovie president: The Trump administration doesn’t know how to make videos. Henry J. Gomez on Brad Parscale, Donald Trump’s Michael Bay. Republican political operatives want to sell the dark arts of opposition research to tech companies. Adam Edelman on Robert Mercer, the billionaire GOP patron behind Trump’s social media bot army. Don Jr. is ready to fight with you on the Internet. There’s a theory going around the internet: For every new statement by President Donald Trump, there is a corresponding tweet that has aged extremely poorly. (“This tweet aged like a fine wine”.) Anything Trump tweets can be (and just was) used against him in a court of law.

Jennifer Pahlka: “I worked for Obama, but I’m going to Trump’s tech meeting. Here’s why”.


The secret Republican health care bill is an affront to Enlightenment values. In Trump’s Washington, public business increasingly handled behind closed doors. Yes, Mitch McConnell’s secretive lawmaking is really unusual — in these 4 ways. “Trump does it w/ way more flair, but the case can be made that no one has violated more political norms in the last decade than McConnell”. Trump betraying all his health care promises is the biggest Trump scandal of all. This isn’t a Trump story; it’s about the cynicism and corruption of the whole congressional G.O.P. Senate Democrats try to gum up works over Affordable Care Act repeal. Liberal groups are teaming up to pressure GOP lawmakers on health care over summer recess. Democrats must pursue universal health care — they must also be smart about it.

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