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A Country Divided? Polarisation and identity after Brexit


The EU referendum left Britain a politically divided country: ‘Leavers’ and ‘Remainers’ became new political and social identities that still shape how people view politics, and each other. Understanding and addressing the consequences of Brexit polarisation required knowledge of its foundations.

The project examined how real-world changes, specifically focused on people who were better off or worse off because of Brexit, affected political identities.

Empirically, the project answered these questions using a wide variety of state-of-art methods, including survey experiments, lab experiments, repeated cross-sectional surveys and panel surveys.

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