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Britain’s EU referendum: how did political science rise to the challenge? An assessment of online contributions during the campaign

Brown, Stuart A. (2018) Britain’s EU referendum: how did political science rise to the challenge? An assessment of online contributions during the campaign. European Political Science. ISSN 1680-4333

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Identification Number: 10.1057/s41304-018-0174-7

Abstract

The Brexit referendum was an unprecedented event in the context of British politics, but it was also a defining moment for the discipline of political science. Never before had political scientists in the UK faced such demand for public engagement against the backdrop of a highly polarised electoral campaign. This article assesses how scholars met this challenge by analysing online contributions to established academic websites in the 6 months prior to the vote. It highlights that high-profile political campaigns pose a distinct dilemma for political scientists: on the one hand, the reach of their contributions is far greater when they take a positional stance on an issue, yet the value of political science rests on its credibility, which can come under threat if the public perceives the discipline, and academics more generally, to represent partisan viewpoints.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://link.springer.com/journal/41304
Additional Information: © 2018 European Consortium for Political Research
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Date Deposited: 19 Jun 2018 15:21
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 06:49
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/88378

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