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Brexit and British Politics

ISBN: 978-1-5095-2386-3
140 pages
November 2017, Polity
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Brexit has changed everything – from our government, to our principal trading relationship, to the structure and organisation of the British state. This watershed moment, which surprised most observers and mobilised previously apathetic sections of the electorate, is set to transform British politics in profound and lasting ways. 

In this incisive book, leading analysts of UK and EU politics Geoffrey Evans and Anand Menon step back from the immediacy of the referendum to explain what happened on June 23rd 2016 and why. Teasing out the long term factors that culminated in the British decision to leave the European Union, they show that it was in many ways the logical outcome of shifts in the political landscape that had been ongoing for decades. It is only by placing the ‘Leave’ result within this broader context, they argue, that we can begin to fully grasp its implications for the future of UK and EU politics.

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Figures and Tables
  • Preface: That Was a Year, That Was
  • Chapter One: The Best of Enemies
  • Chapter Two: Broken Politics
  • Chapter Three: The Referendum
  • Chapter Four: Voting to Leave
  • Chapter Five: The Shaping of Things to Come
  • Afterword: All Change: Brexit and British Politics
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Author Information

Geoff Evans is Professor in the Sociology of Politics and Official Fellow in Politics at Nuffield College, University of Oxford.

Anand Menon is Professor of European Politics and Foreign Affairs at King’s College London and Director of UK in a Changing Europe.
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"Nobody is better qualified than Geoff Evans and Anand Menon to provide a penetrating analysis of the UK's truly historic decision to leave the EU. This book is bound to be a must-read for anyone seeking an incisive guide to Brexit and its aftermath."
Tim Bale, Professor of Politics at Queen Mary University of London and author of The Conservative Party from Thatcher to Cameron.

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