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Hansen, Randall, and Desmond King. “Illiberalism and the new politics of asylum: liberalism’s dark side.” The political quarterly 71, no. 4 (2000): 396-403.


After almost two decades of relative dormancy, the immigration issue returned to the forefront of public consciousness in 1999. Sporadic anti-migrant violence broke out; the tabloids were in full rant; and the bipartisan consensus that had governed immigration and race since the 1960s broke down in an atmosphere of recrimination and counter-accusation. For the first time in two decades, immigration is again near the top of the public’s concerns, above even crime. This article steps back from the current debate and considers the current asylum crisis against broader trends in twentieth-century British history. Two processes, we suggest, are at work.

The Illiberalism Studies Program studies the different faces of illiberal politics and thought in today’s world, taking into account the diversity of their cultural context, their intellectual genealogy, the sociology of their popular support, and their implications on the international scene.