Brexit and Beyond: Rethinking the Futures of Europe
Edited by Benjamin Martill and Uta Staiger | January 2018
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About the book
Brexit will have significant consequences for the country, for Europe, and for global order. And yet much discussion of Brexit in the UK has focused on the causes of the vote and on its consequences for the future of British politics. This volume examines the consequences of Brexit for the future of Europe and the European Union, adopting an explicitly regional and future-oriented perspective missing from many existing analyses.
Drawing on the expertise of 28 leading scholars from a range of disciplines, Brexit and Beyond offers various different perspectives on the future of Europe, charting the likely effects of Brexit across a range of areas, including institutional relations, political economy, law and justice, foreign affairs, democratic governance, and the idea of Europe itself. Whilst the contributors offer divergent predictions for the future of Europe after Brexit, they share the same conviction that careful scholarly analysis is in need – now more than ever – if we are understand what lies ahead for the EU.
About the editors
Benjamin Martill is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Dahrendorf Forum where he focuses on Europe after Brexit. He is based at LSE IDEAS, the London School of Economics's foreign policy think tank. The Dahrendorf Forum is a joint research venture between LSE and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. His research looks at how political ideology and party politics affect foreign policymaking, with particular reference to the politics of Cold War strategy in Europe. He was previously Lecturer in Politics at Canterbury Christ Church University and Research Associate at the UCL European Institute.
Uta Staiger is the co-founder and Executive Director of the UCL European Institute. Her research examines the relationship between culture and politics, drawing together insights from modern European thought, the arts, and the history of European integration. She is particularly interested in mid-twentieth-century German theory and philosophy that seeks to straddle aesthetics and the idea of the political. Uta also holds the position of Pro-Vice-Provost (Europe), a strategic role shaping UCL's engagement with Europe, and acting as advocate for UCL's work on the continent.
'This book explores wonderfully well the bombshell of Brexit: is it a uniquely British phenomenon or part of a
wider, existential crisis for the EU? As the tensions and complexities of
the Brexit negotiations come to the fore, the collection of essays by leading
scholars will prove a very valuable reference for their depth of analysis,
their lucidity, and their outlining of future options.'
- Kevin Featherstone, Head of the LSE European Institute, London School of Economics
'Brexit and Beyond is a must read. It moves
the ongoing debate about what Brexit actually means to a
whole new level. While many scholars to date have examined the
reasons for the British decision to leave, the crucial question of what
Brexit will mean for the future of the European project
is often overlooked. No longer. Brexit and Beyond bundles the
perspectives of leading scholars of European integration. By doing
so, it provides a much needed scholarly guidepost
for our understanding of the significance of Brexit, not only
for the United Kingdom, but also for the future of the European
- Catherine E. De Vries, Professor in the department of Government, University of Essex and Professor in the department of Political Science and Public Administration Free University Amsterdam
'Brexit and Beyond provides a fascinating (and
comprehensive) analysis on the how and why the UK has found itself on the path
to exiting the European Union. The talented cast of academic contributors is
drawn from a wide variety of disciplines and areas of expertise and this
provides a breadth and depth to the analysis of Brexit that is unrivalled. The
volume also provides large amounts of expert-informed speculation on the future
of both the EU and UK and which is both stimulating and anxiety-inducing.'
-Professor Richard Whitman, Head of School, Professor of Politics and International Relations, Director of the Global Europe Centre, University of Kent