Pulling together or pulling apart? Solidarity in the post-crisis United Kingdom

Tom Montgomery, Simone Baglioni, Olga Biosca , Maria Grasso

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Solidarity in contemporary Britain has come under pressure not only as a result of the global financial crisis and the ensuing austerity measures but also against a backdrop of constitutional volatility from the Scottish independence referendum in 2014 and the vote to leave the EU in 2016. Using cross-sectional data from an original survey of 2083 UK-based individuals, this chapter uncovers how practices, attitudes, and behaviours of solidarity towards vulnerable groups are distributed in contemporary Britain. Our findings highlight specific challenges for maintaining solidarity in post-crisis Britain as we reveal both a variegated distribution of solidarity across the constituent nations of the UK and a hierarchy of solidarity towards different vulnerable groups.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSolidarity in Europe: Citizens' responses in times of crisis
EditorsChristian Lahusen, Maria T. Grasso
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9783319733357
ISBN (Print)9783319733340
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2018

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in European Political Sociology
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan


  • solidarity
  • Europe
  • United Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations


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