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