The Making of Eurosceptic Britain: Identity and Economy in a Post-Imperial State

Chris Gifford

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Abstract

Offering a radical interpretation of a major political issue, Chris Gifford moves beyond existing narrative and institutional accounts of Britain and Europe to present a theoretically coherent and unique perspective on this troubled relationship.  He acknowledges that populist Euroscepticism has become fundamental to constituting Britain and 'Britishness' in a post-imperial context, despite membership of the European Union. Organized chronologically, this interesting study provides lucid overviews of key periods in the British-European Union relationship.  It combines political economy with political identity to illustrate how forms of Euroscepticism have become embedded across the British political class and culture.  The book focuses not on outlining history or the impact of British integration on British institutions, but on the ways in which elite behaviour towards European integration should be analyzed as practices and discourses that use Euroscepticismto construct Britain and distinctive British political projects.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherAshgate Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages184
ISBN (Electronic)9781351146081
ISBN (Print)9780754670742
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2008

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