Inevitability and contingency: The political economy of Brexit

  title={Inevitability and contingency: The political economy of Brexit},
  author={H. Thompson},
  journal={The British Journal of Politics and International Relations},
  pages={434 - 449}
  • H. Thompson
  • Published 2017
  • Economics
  • The British Journal of Politics and International Relations
  • Placing Britain’s vote on 23 June 2016 to leave the European Union (EU) in historical time raises an immediate analytical problem. What was clearly the result of a number of contingencies, starting with the 2015 general election where we can see how events could readily have turned out otherwise, the result might also represent the inevitable end of Britain’s membership of the EU seen from the distant future. This article seeks to take both temporal perspectives seriously. It aims to provide an… CONTINUE READING
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