The United Kingdom’s Eurosceptic political economy

Chris Gifford

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This article explores how a political economy approach can explicate recent events in the United Kingdom’s relation to the European Union. The proposition is that neither critical nor comparative approaches do justice to the extent to which British elites have sought to differentiate the UK from the EU. The UK is here understood as a Eurosceptic political economy, constructed in opposition to European integration and, in particular, Economic and Monetary. The article explores how we have witnessed a hardening of this Eurosceptic political economy in the context of the Eurozone crisis. The most distinctive feature of which, as seen in the referendum campaign, is the extent to which the economic case for withdrawal has been established as part of the mainstream of British political debate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)779-794
Number of pages16
JournalBritish Journal of Politics and International Relations
Issue number4
Early online date13 Jun 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2016


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