This book analyses Brexit in the larger context of the crisis in liberal democracies and the continuing rise of 'nationalism'. With electoral verdicts favouring right-wing populists across the world, the volume argues that Brexit has become a key event in understanding global political currents, as well as emerging as a watershed moment in the current political climate. The author focuses on the underlying currents that shaped the Brexit vote and delineates the various strands of arguments that inform the current political climate. The volume also locates the deepening divide within the discourse and understanding of democracy, as well the abysmally low level of rhetoric informing the debates around it. Further, it links this up with other ‘nationalist’ waves across the world, including South Asia.
A nuanced reading of a key event, this book will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of politics, especially political theory, political sociology and history.
Table of Contents
1. Brexit: Beginning to write about a never-ending process 2. The Thatcherite Prelude to Brexit 3. Brexit, the 2007 financial crisis and Austerity 4. ‘Let’s take back control’: Brexit and the assertion of Sovereignty 5. Brexit and the worsening climate of democracy 6. Brexit, and the sum of all fears: Racism, Islamophobia and Anti-Semitism
Amir Ali teaches at the Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Previously, he taught at the Department of Political Science, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, and was Agatha Harrison Memorial Visiting Fellow at St. Antony's College, University of Oxford. He has written a book on South Asian Islam and British Multiculturalism (Routledge, 2016).