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Britain and Europe at a Crossroads

The Politics of Anxiety and Transformation

By Andrew Ryder

Published

8 Jul 2020

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529200515

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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Published

8 Jul 2020

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529200546

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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    This book dissects the complex social, cultural and political factors which led the UK to take its decision to leave the EU and examines the far-reaching consequences of that decision.

    Developing the conceptual framework of securitization, Ryder innovatively uses primary sources and a focus on rhetoric to examine the ways that political elites engineered a politics of fear, insecurity and Brexit nationalism before and after the Brexit vote. He situates Brexit within a wider shift in international political ideas, traces the resurgence in popularity of far-right politics and explores how Britain and Europe now face a choice between further neoliberal reform or radical democratic and social renewal.

    "In a time of anxiety, change and frustration around Brexit, this book offers a salve in the form of an explanation on how we got here, through critical analysis of our political discourse." Jo Richardson, De Montfort University

    Andrew Ryder is Associate Professor of Sociology at Corvinius University of Budapest.

    Introduction: Paradigm shift, reflexivity and securitisation

    Brexit Nationalism: History, Crisis and Identity

    The Road to Brexit

    Politics in Focus: The Conservatives

    Politics in Focus: Labour

    The Nationalists: Exclusionary and Civic

    Brexit: Views from Europe

    Boris Johnson: Getting Brexit done?

    Antidotes to Brexit