In the first article of this issue, Steve Corbett examines the 2016 Referendum on the
United Kingdom’s (UK) European Union (EU) membership. The author presents the
outcome of the referendum, the British Exit (Brexit), as a new EU phenomenon with
implications that go beyond the UK’s relationship with the EU. It is an expression of
the wider rise of right- and left-wing populism across Europe, including the Freedom
Party of Austria and the Netherlands, Front National, Podemos, and Syriza political
parties. These parties and their outriders articulate popular anger—among right-wing
populists, anger at the perceived preferences given to some minority groups (e.g.,
immigrants) over others. However, both right- and left-wing populists express anger
about disconnected and gilded political elites, about the privatization of profit, and
about the socialization of risk for financial institutions and major corporations.
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