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.

Abstract

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).

Représentations, intérêts et pouvoir. Aux origines de l’Euro et des politiques d’austérité


AmiensBoyer3-5dec2014V1Présentation au Colloque « Crise de l’euro, effets discursifs et changements institutionnels : approches transdisciplinaires », CRIISEA, UFREG/Université de Picardie Jules Verne, 3-5 décembre 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, desiguALdades.net, Freie Universität,              Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut, Berlin.

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


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

Origins, Unfolding and Ways out of the Euro Crisis, The European union at the crossroads


in The Euro Crisis and European Political Economy: France, Germany and Central Europe, Ed. by Robert Boyer, Ivan T. Berend, and Kumiko Haba, Aoyama Gakuin University, Tokyo, 2013, p. 25-56.

Chine, un défi pour les sciences sociales (la)


Réseau Asie et Pacifique, L’Article du mois

Asie, laboratoire des capitalismes (l’)… et des sciences sociales


Réseau Asie et Pacifique : l’article du mois

Economics, Political Economy and Economic Policies


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Présentation au Colloque de « l’Association Française de Sciences Politique », Bordeaux, 3 juillet 2013

Institutional and Political Crisis of the European Union and Some Ways for Overcoming It (the)


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Perspective on Europe, Vol. 43, n° 1, Spring 2013, p. 64-71

Present Crisis (The). A Trump for a Renewed Political Economy


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Review of Political Economy, vol. 25, n° 1, January 2013

 

 

 

 

TraductionChinoispage1Traduction en Chinois, in Economic Theory and Business Management, 3, 2014 

 

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