The UK’s Relationship with Europe

Struggling over Sovereignty

Authors: Todd, John

  • Combines an approachable introduction to poststructuralist discourse analysis with a detailed empirical examination of three key periods
  • Provides timely context to the forthcoming EU membership referendum debate
  • Highlights the key consistencies and changes over forty years of debates on the UK’s relationship with Europe
  • Sheds light on how the issues of immigration and EU membership have become increasingly intertwined 
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This book provides an accessible and timely analysis of how the British discourse on Europe has evolved over the past forty years. It focuses on three key episodes: the 1975 referendum on the UK’s continued membership of the European Economic Community; the 1992-3 debates on ratification of the Maastricht Treaty; and the more recent proto-referendum debates sparked by David Cameron’s Bloomberg speech in January 2013.  Using a discourse-analytical approach, the book analyses how political and media voices seek to delineate a British sense of self from a Continental other. Importantly, the book also pays close attention to the rising prominence of immigration issues within the British discourse on Europe. 

About the authors

John Todd is a PhD candidate at the University of Oslo’s Department of Criminology and Sociology of Law, Norway. He holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and has worked in a range of policy roles within the civil service in Belfast and London.

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Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Todd, John

    Pages 1-6

  • Theory and Methodology

    Todd, John

    Pages 7-29

  • The British Discourse on Europe 1975: Wilson and the First Referendum

    Todd, John

    Pages 31-55

  • The British Discourse on Europe 1992–1993: Major and the Maastricht “Bastards”

    Todd, John

    Pages 57-82

  • The British Discourse on Europe 2013: Cameron and the Second Referendum

    Todd, John

    Pages 83-105

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Hardcover $54.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The UK’s Relationship with Europe
Book Subtitle
Struggling over Sovereignty
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-33669-5
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-33669-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-33668-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 126
Number of Illustrations and Tables
10 illustrations in colour
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