Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics

Why the UK Voted for Brexit

David Cameron's Great Miscalculation

Authors: Glencross, Andrew

  • Provides one of the first studies into the causes and effects of the dramatic result of the referendum on Britain's membership of the EU
  • Traces the history of Euroscepticism in Britain before analysing the 2016 referendum campaign on both sides
  • Uses the Brexit result to develop discussions concerning sovereignity and direct democracy in Britain
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This book studies the unprecedented decision of 23 June 2016, which saw the UK electorate vote to leave the EU, turning David Cameron’s referendum gamble into a great miscalculation. It analyzes the renegotiation that preceded the vote, before examining the campaign itself so as to understand why the government’s strategy for winning foundered. It then evaluates the implications that this decision has for the country’s international relations as well as for its domestic politics. The author’s final reflections are on the political philosophy of Brexit, which is founded on a critique of representative democracy. Yet the use of direct democracy to trigger EU withdrawal leaves the supposedly sovereign British people at an impasse. For it is up to the people’s representatives to negotiate the terms of Brexit. By engaging with a highly charged political debate in an accessible and non-partisan manner this book will appeal to a broad readership of academics, policy-makers, journalists, and interested citizens.

About the authors

Andrew Glencross is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Aston University, UK. He has published widely on the politics of European integration in journals such as Journal of Common Market Studies, International Affairs, Political Studies, and The Political Quarterly. He is a Senior Fellow of the Foreign Policy Research Institute, Philadelphia.

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“A brilliant treatment of the Brexit drama and its implications, which manages both to be concise and to provide many illuminating details of the historical and political context.” (Ronald J. Granieri, Foreign Policy Research Institute, USA)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Great Miscalculation

    Glencross, Andrew

    Pages 1-6

  • The 40-Year “Neverendum” on the UK’s Relationship with Europe

    Glencross, Andrew

    Pages 7-20

  • Renegotiating Terms of EU Membership Prior to the Referendum

    Glencross, Andrew

    Pages 21-33

  • The EU Referendum Campaign

    Glencross, Andrew

    Pages 35-46

  • The Unfinished Business of Brexit

    Glencross, Andrew

    Pages 47-60

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eBook $39.99
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Hardcover $54.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-137-59000-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Why the UK Voted for Brexit
Book Subtitle
David Cameron's Great Miscalculation
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in European Union Politics
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-59001-5
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-59001-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-59000-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 82
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 illustrations in colour
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