Eric Kaufmann
Eric Kaufmann
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Eric is releasing a new book entitled Whiteshift: immigration, populism and the myth of majority decline for Penguin (October 25, 2018).

He argues that the current upsurge of right-wing populism in the West stems from unresolved questions about the future of ethnic majorities in an age of large-scale migration. Based on extensive survey, demographic and electoral data, it sets out four main white responses to ethnic change: fight, flee, repress and join. It explores where white majorities are heading, and why we need to address the ‘who are we?’ and ‘where are we going?’ questions which high-identifying members of white majorities are asking if we hope to avert deeper divisions – even terrorism – within western societies.


Eric recently completed an ESRC project, Diversity and the White Working Class in England. The project involved a partnership with the think tank Demos, and its Politics of Demography project. Work on related concerns continues as part of the Demography, Integration and Immigration group at the think tank Policy Exchange. Research uses quantitative data and some focus group work to examine value-based polarization among white ethnic majorities in response to rising diversity. The argument is that ethnic majorities are responding to increasing diversity though a) ‘exit’, i.e. withdrawing through white flight or avoidance, or social network isolation; b) ‘voice’ – opposition to immigration and voting for anti-immigration parties; or c) ‘accommodation’ – increased intermarriage, habituation to change and residential mixing.

Eric’s recent books have focused on political demography – the politics of population change. He  has a continuing interest in national identity and questions of dominant-group ethnic identity, as well as religious fundamentalism. His most recent trade press book, Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth argued that the more religious people are, regardless of income, faith tradition or education, the more children they have. Religious countries have faster population growth than secular ones which is why immigrants are typically much more religious than their secular host societies. The cumulative effect of immigration and religious fertility is to slow or reverse the secularisation process in the West.

View talk on book ‘Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth’ from Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Sydney Opera House, Oct 3, 2010


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  • Moderating discussion, ‘Is Populism a Threat to Democracy?,’ featuring Yascha Mounk, Claire Fox, David Goodhart and Sasha Polakow-Suranksy, Centre for the Study of Politics and Public Life, Birkbeck College, 5 July


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