Was Brexit a Populist Revolution?

Hosted by the Department of Government and LSE Literary Festival

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building,


Mary Dejevsky

Mary Dejevsky

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Professor James Tilley

Professor James Tilley


Professor Simon Hix

Professor Simon Hix

Brexit has been viewed by many as part of a populist revolution sweeping not only the UK, but Europe and beyond. Why did Britain vote for Brexit? Was it a result of a UKIP-led revolt on the right? This discussion will explore the motivations of the leave vote and the implications for UK politics.

Mary Dejevsky (@marydejevsky) is a writer and broadcaster for The Independent newspaper.

Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett (@rhiannonlucyc) is a freelance writer for The Guardian and co-founded The Vagenda blog. 

James Tilley is a professor of Politics at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Jesus College, Oxford. He is author of The New Politics of Class: The Political Exclusion of the British Working Class.

Simon Hix is Harold Laski Professor of Political Science in the LSE Department of Government.

The Department of Government is one of the largest political science departments in the UK. Activities cover a comprehensive range of approaches to the study of politics.

Keep up to date with what Brexit means for the UK and the wider world at LSE Brexit blog (@lsebrexitvote). 

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This event forms part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2017, taking place from Monday 20 - Saturday 25 February 2017, with the theme "Revolutions".

Update, Wednesday 18 January: Matthew Goodwin is no longer able to speak as part of this event due to unforeseen circumstances.


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