The Transformation of the Northern League

August 21, 2018

The trajectory of Italy's Northern League party is a case study of the complex ways in which perceptions of regional, national and ethnic identity operates in the contemporary politics of the radical right. If you visited Venice in the spring of 2006 during the Italian elections, you could see...

Brexit and Populism’s Verbal Judo

September 08, 2016

Brexit was the most recent achievement for the politics of populism in Europe. Up until a few years back, populist radical-right parties, which are mainly single-issue ones, were marginalized as a political group. The core ideological tenets of populist radical-right parties—nativism,...

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Brexit

June 21, 2016

John Oliver discusses why it’s not so much of a Brexit, but rather a bratus quo, a bromeostasis or a conscious unbroupoling. On June 23, the United Kingdom will vote over whether or not to remain part of the European Union. The campaign has become increasingly heated and ugly, with the polls...

If You Agree With UKIP’s Policies, Are You Racist?

April 29, 2015

To dismiss UKIP as racist is to mischaracterize not just the party, but Britons as a whole.   The titular question was asked of Fair Observer, so Fair Observer asked me, at which point I realized how little the public knows about the real policies offered by the United Kingdom Independence...

The Rise of the Right in Britain

August 23, 2014

UKIP voices deep-seated concerns in British society that liberals struggle to address. In the ten years between 2001-11, Britain saw the steepest population growth of any decade since the census was first conducted in 1801. In England and Wales, over half this population increase was due to...