Published on November 11, 2016
1. Karin Wahl-Jorgensen Cardiff University, Wales, UK ECREA 2016 conference, Prague The Emotional Politics of the EU Referendum: Bregrexit and Beyond
2. The emotional politics of the EU referendum History of Euro-scepticism in the UK Rise of populist politics across Europe and the US Appeals to disenchanted citizens EU Referendum reporting: Negative emotional politics “Project Fear,” “Bregrexit”
3. The emotional politics of the EU referendum The role of emotion in political life Liberal democratic theory: Celebrates rational, dispassionate, impartial, disembodied and informed citizen “Emotional deficit in political communication” (Richards, 2004) Emotional citizens make for bad subjects BUT political engagement driven by emotional motivations The “political brain is an emotional brain. It is not a dispassionate calculating machine, objectively searching for the right facts, figures, and policies to make a reasoned decision“ (Westen, 2006)
4. 2016 EU Referendum: Emotional politics “Appeal to the gut, and the heart” (Gavin Hewitt) “Project Fear” Leave: Fear over immigration and the encroachment of the EU on national sovereignty Remain: Accused of whipping up anxiety over the potential economic consequences of Brexit.
5. 2016 EU Referendum: Emotional politics “Lacking grounds for optimism, and feeling remote from the levers of power, the disappointed nurse their grievances – until along come politicians who tell them that they are right to be angry, that their resentments are justified, and that they should be mad not just at the winners but at immigrants, too. Trump and Farage are the latest and most successful of these political opportunists. Sadly, they are unlikely to be the last” (John Cassidy, New Yorker)
6. Brexit grief and regret
7. Brexit grief and regret