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The organic crisis of the British state: putting Brexit in its place

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>1/01/2017
<mark>Journal</mark>Globalizations
Issue number1
Volume14
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)133-141
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date21/09/16
<mark>Original language</mark>English

Abstract

The Brexit vote was a singular event that is one symptom of a continuing organic crisis of the British state and society and a stimulus for further struggles over the future of the United Kingdom and its place in Europe and the wider world. This crisis previously enabled the rise of Thatcherism as a neoliberal and neoconservative project (with New Labour as its left wing) with an authoritarian populist appeal and authoritarian statist tendencies that persisted under the Conservative?Liberal Democrat coalition (2010?2015). The 2015 election of a Conservative Government, which aimed to revive the Thatcherite project and entrench austerity, was the immediate context for the tragi-comedy of errors played out in the referendum. The ensuing politics and policy issues could promote the disintegration of the UK and, perhaps, the EU without delivering greater political sovereignty or a more secure and non-balkanized place for British economic space in the world market.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Globalizations on 21/09/2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/14747731.2016.1228783 Commissioned, peer-reviewed article for special issue of Globalizations. A revised version, bringing the argument up to date until 1 December 2016, is translated into German for an on-line publication, links (reference to follow)