Alan Finlayson is Professor of Political and Social Theory at the University of East Anglia. His research is particularly concerned with the theory and practice of democratic politics, the study of political ideologies and also with political rhetoric. He is currently Principal Investigator on the research project Political Ideology, Rhetoric and Aesthetics in the Twenty-First Century: The Case of the 'Alt-Right’, funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and a Co-Investigator on the research project Our Subversive Voice? The history and politics of English protest music also supported by the AHRC. As part of a project supported by The Leverhulme Trust he developed the website www.britishpoliticalspeech.org.
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Brexit should be seen as a series of different responses to globalisation.
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Both campaigns in Britain's European referendum are build on thin theories which utterly fail to understand each other.
Why is Corbyn doing better on social media?
Corbyn's natural, unpolished and conversational comfort puts him well ahead of the other candidates in terms of...
No ethos: the rhetoric of 2015
In trying so hard to present themselves as good, connected and in-touch, politicians end up talking about themselves...