Brexit: the day of reckoning for the neo-functionalist paradigm of European Union

Socio-Economic Review, Discussion Forum: « Brexit: understanding the socio-economic origins and consequences » , 2016, Vol. 14, n° 4, p. 836-845.


Jacqueline O’Reilly, Julie Froud, Sukhdev Johal, Karel Williams, Chris Warhurst, Glenn Morgan, Christopher Grey, Geoffrey Wood, Mike Wright, Robert Boyer, Sabine Frerichs, Suvi Sankari, Akos Rona-Tas and Patrick Le Galès

The unprecedented geopolitical shift resulting from Brexit reflects deep socio-economic fault lines within and beyond the UK. In many ways foreshadowing the US presidential election of Donald Trump, Brexit brought to the surface and gave a public voice to socio-economic divisions that were deeply embedded, sometimes illogical, but until now had either been ignored or hushed out of ‘respectable’ public debate. This Discussion Forum emanates from a spontaneous seminar organized 2 days after the Brexit vote on June 25, 2016 as part of the SASE conference held in University of California–Berkeley and followed by an open call for papers by Socio-Economic Review. The papers here draw attention to the origins of the Brexit vote in deep-seated socio-economic divisions (O’Reilly), widening differences in economic performance across sectors and regions of the UK (Froud, Sukhdev and Williams) and the growth of poor quality jobs (Warhurst). Meanwhile, the political dynamics of the Brexit vote were also shaped by the fractured nature of UK business elites (Morgan), divisions between locals and cosmopolitans (Grey) and creative but muddled actions of elites that arguably generated consequences they themselves failed to fully anticipate (Wood and Wright). From the perspective of Europe, Brexit reflects a history of dysfunctional economic policy in Europe that prioritized market competition in ways that neglected and ultimately undermined solidarity (Boyer). Here, Brexit reflects a political strategy to both renationalize and recommodify solidarity in the face of fears over migration, and which are likely to have major consequences for social solidarity in Europe more generally (Frerichs and Sankari). However, Brexit is unlikely to provide a durable social and political solution to the wider tensions between globalization and democracy, which also affect all countries throughout Europe (Rona-Tas). Ultimately, the Brexit vote underlines social divisions that combine class inequalities with regional ones, not just in Britain but throughout Europe (Le Galès).

A world contrasted but interdependent inequality regimes: The Latin America Paradox

Review of Political Economy, January 2016, Vol 28 (1), p. 1-22.

Crecimiento, empleo y equidad: el nuevo papel del Estado

Revista de Trabajo – Nueva Epoca, Ano 11, n° 13, Ministerio de Trabajo, Empleo y Seguridad Social, Buenos Aires (Argentina) 2015, p. 91-110.

A world of contrasted but interdependent inequality regimes: China, United-States and European Union

Review of Political economy, Vol. 27, n° 4, October 2015, p. 481-517.



A number of contemporary paradoxes warrant explanation. First, in China, economic development has reduced poverty but dramatically increased inequalities. Second, the finance-led growth regime of North America has brought about a rupture with the Fordist Golden Age, causing a surge of inequality because of quite specific spill-over effects from the economy to policy. Third, the Eurozone crisis is often perceived as reflecting the limits of welfare states and the ideal of social equality, but some countries continue to exhibit an extended welfare system, moderate inequalities and a dynamic innovation and production system. To explain these paradoxes, this article applies a socio-economic approach based upon the concept of inequality regimes. Conventional interpretations stress the universality of the mechanisms that widen individual inequalities within each nation-state but reduce the hierarchy of national standards of living. This analysis, however, concludes that China, North America and Europe do not follow the same trajectory at all, since they have developed contrasting regimes of inequality that co-evolve and are largely complementary at the global level. This suggests an alternative to the hypothesis of an irreversible globalization of inequality.

O Brasil como o pioneiro no crescimento inclusivo da América latin: O proximo passo da politica social

Revista Politica Social e Desenvolvimento, ano 2, Noviembre 2014,  p. 6-17.

Welfare state and institutional complementarity: From North to South

Welfareandcomplementariry10 (1.1 MiB)

Welfare state and institutional complementarity: From North to South

Welfareandcomplementarity4 Welfare state and institutional complementarity: from North to South. Powerpoint Workshop « New directions in social policy », Session “New risks and Challenges in social policy”, Geneva, April 7 and 8, 2014


Is more equality possible in Latin America? A challenge in a World of contrasted but interdependent inequality regimes

Working Paper n° 67, 2014, Working Paper Series,, Freie Universität,              Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, Berlin.

Asia, laboratorio de los capitalismos… y de las teorías económicas


Economia Teoria y Pratica, n° 40, Enero-Junio 2014, p. 11-28.


Où va l’Union européenne? Sept scénarios pour l’avenir de l’Union européenne



L’économie politique, n° 61, janvier 2014, p. 54-67.

Asie, laboratoire des capitalismes (l’)… et des théories économiques

Version française de l’article Asia, laboratorio de los capitalismos… y de las teorías económicas paru en Espagnol dans Economia Teoria y Pratica, n° 40, Enero-Junio 2014


1 2 3 15