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About Ash Amin

Ash Amin is 1931 Chair in Geography and Fellow of Christ's College, Cambridge.  His research and publications have dealt with regional development and socio-economic inequality in Europe, the social economy of the city, and the socio-political evolution of multicultural and multi-ethnic societies within the European Union. His most recent book, Land of Strangers, takes up issues of belonging and equity in Europe.

Articles by Ash Amin

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Niki Seth-Smith is a freelance journalist and contributing editor to 50.50.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

From ethnicity to empathy: a new idea of Europe

Europe must become harmonized in terms of citizenship rights in order to reduce the prevalence of the politics of envy that is rife across the continent. [Reposted from openDemocracy, July 2003]

Reinventing Democracy

If democracy means rule by the people for the people, it has broken down. At pivotal moments in the past, altering the rules of the political has been a defining trait of the organised left, able to project a new social order out of latent concerns, as well as develop the means to alter the grammar of politics

Elite hauteur: Greece, Niger and the IMF

It may be time to remind ourselves of the parallels between today's IMF-Merkel-Cameron package for Europe’s nations in the red, and the structural adjustment policies of the 1980's. Meanwhile, the centre has everything to gain from the misery of the periphery if only everyone can be persuaded to hold their nerve.

Xenophobic Europe

Our guest editor introduced his special feature on the ‘Uses of Xenophobia’, on Europe Day. Here, he maps the new relevance of an open and shared commons to a continent that is once again meeting economic, political and cultural insecurity with a resurgence of aggressive political demagoguery

The Uses of Xenophobia

In Ash Amin’s guest week on “The Uses of Xenophobia”, beginning on Europe Day, 2011, the thrust of the essays has been to press for a more open and democratic European continent, which turns to face the turbulent and uncertain future together with the stranger, treated as an ally and equal.

Ash Amin

It was, of course, the Right to Life Tax, proposed by Brazil, India, China, Russia and South Africa in 2020 and passed by the UN in 2025.  Committing 2% of the world's annual corporate tax revenue to households earning less that $2 a day, the Tax gave nearly half of the world's population the means to exert democracy. 

Klong Toey Slum, Bangkok, Thailand. Demotix: Matt: all rights reserved.

From ethnicity to empathy: a new idea of Europe

A question worth asking in the context of the current European Union debate surrounding the constitutional convention is whether, given contemporary processes of rapid cultural and ethnic hybridisation, the perennial values supposed to define the "Europeanness" of life on the old continent as well as uniting Europeans into a common project, make any sense.

Taking this as their departure point, the authors of People Flow are right to invite fresh thinking on the kind of Europe we want to live in. Europe is now home to millions of people from non-European backgrounds, many religious and cultural dispositions, and networks of attachment based on diaspora connections and cultural influences from around the world.

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