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    Can narratives of white identity reduce opposition to immigration and support for Hard Brexit? A survey experiment

    Kaufmann, Eric P. (2017) Can narratives of white identity reduce opposition to immigration and support for Hard Brexit? A survey experiment. Political Studies , ISSN 0032-3217. (In Press)

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    Abstract

    Britain’s vote to leave the European Union highlights the importance of white majority opposition to immigration. This article presents the results of a survey experiment examining whether priming an open form of ethno-nationalism based on immigrant assimilation reduces hostility to immigration and support for right-wing populism in Britain. Results show that drawing attention to the idea that assimilation leaves the ethnic majority unchanged significantly reduces hostility to immigration and support for Hard Brexit in the UK. Treatment effects are strongest among UKIP, Brexit and white working-class voters. This is arguably the first example of an experimental treatment leading to more liberal immigration policy preferences.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): experiment, immigration, UKIP, Brexit, assimilation
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
    Research Centre: British Politics and Public Life, Centre for the Study of
    Depositing User: Eric Kaufmann
    Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2017 09:31
    Last Modified: 17 May 2019 13:57
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/20554

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