Eric Kaufmann
Eric Kaufmann
Eric Kaufmann, Latest Publication

Eric’s new book is entitled Whiteshift: populism, immigration and the future of White majorities. It will be published by Penguin (Allen Lane) on October 25, 2018 in the UK and Australia, and in January 2019 in the US with Overlook Press (imprint of Abrams Books).

For UK/Australia/Europe publicity enquiries, contact Kate Smith (Penguin). For North America publicity enquiries, contact Tracy Carns (Overlook).



Whiteshift argues that the current upsurge of right-wing populism in the West stems from the existential plight of white majorities in an age of large-scale North-South migration. Based on extensive survey, demographic and electoral data rather than anecdotes and impressions, it sets out four main white responses to ethnic change: fight, flee, repress and join. It looks ahead, projecting the rise of mixed-race majorities in the West, but viewing this less as a futuristic end of identity than evidence for Whiteshift, the absorption of a great deal of ethnoracial difference into historic white majorities. The book makes the case for an open form of white identity, urging that whiteness be de-stigmatised and nested within modular national identities. Western societies need to frankly 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.


In 2014, Eric 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.

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.


5-minute clip of me explaining some key aspects of the book on BBC Radio 4 Start the Week, with Andrew Marr, (full episode also features Frances Fukuyama and discussion on Identity Politics), 14 Oct


hour-length long-form Triggernometry youtube interview with Konstantin Kisin and Francis Foster, published 28 Oct


11-minute clip of me talking about the book from NewsTalk with Sean Moncreiff (Dublin, Ireland), 15 Oct


Sign up to Eric Kaufmann’s podcast feed, a collection of lectures and talks featuring Eric as speaker or moderator [iTunes] [soundcloud version]


 Latest Articles, Appearances and News



  • Intelligence Squared Debate on Political Correctness, London, May [tbc]
  • Speaking at University College London (UCL) Constitution Unit, London, 28 February
  • “Whiteshift: why white demographic decline will fracture western politics in the twenty-first century,” University of Kent public lecture, 27 February 2019
  • Speaking at Housing, Communities and Local Government seminar, date tbc
  • In conversation with Trevor Phillips, Policy Exchange, London, tbc
  • On Sky News discussion of papers and book, tbc


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