Brexit and the Political Economy of Fragmentation: Things Fall Apart, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Brexit and the Political Economy of Fragmentation

Things Fall Apart, 1st Edition

Edited by Jamie Morgan, Heikki Patomaki


142 pages

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Hardback: 9781138576049
pub: 2017-11-23

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Brexit means Brexit and other meaningless mantras have simply confirmed that confusion and uncertainty have dominated the early stages of this era defining event. Though there has been a lack of coherent and substantive policy goals from the UK government, this does not prevent analysis of the various causes of Brexit and the likely constraints on and consequences of the various forms Brexit might take. Is Brexit a last gasp of neoliberalism in decline? Is it a signal of the demise of the EU? Is it possible that the UK electorate will get what they thought they voted for (and what was that)? Will a populist agenda run foul of economic and political reality? What chance for the UK of a brave new world of bespoke trade treaties straddling a post-geography world? Is the UK set to become a Singapore-lite tax haven? What is the difference between a UK-centric and a UK-centred point of view on Brexit? Will Brexit augment disintegrative tendencies in the European and world economy? These are some of the questions explored in this timely set of essays penned by some of the best known names in political economy and international political economy. The chapters in this book originally published as a special issue in Globalizations.

Table of Contents

Part 1

Special Forum on Brexit: Introduction

Jamie Morgan & Heikki Patomäki

Reviving Hayek’s Dream

Owen Worth

Brexit and the Future of the Left

Boris Kagarlitsky

Brexit: Be Careful What You Wish For?

Jamie Morgan

Brexit and its Consequences

Ann Pettifor

The Organic Crisis of the British State: Putting Brexit in its Place

Bob Jessop

Brexit, Global Cities, and the Future of World Order

Noah Toly

The Case for Utopia: History and the Possible Meanings of Brexit a Hundred Years On

Jo Guldi

Between Eurotopia and Nationalism: A Third Way for the Future of the EU

Peter Wahl

Europe and the World after Brexit

James Galbraith

Will the EU Disintegrate? What Does the Likely Possibility of Disintegration Tell About the Future of the World?

Heikki Patomäki

Part 2

Introduction: Special Forum on Brexit Part 2

Jamie Morgan & Heikki Patomäki

Trade and the gains from diversity: why economists failed to predict the consequences of Brexit

Steve Keen

Post-Brexit Trade Policy Autonomy as Pyrrhic Victory: Being A Middle Power in a Contested Trade Regime

Silke Trommer

Brexit and Global Wealth Chains

Leonard Seabrooke and Duncan Wigan

The Economics of Political Change in Developed Countries

Jayati Ghosh

In the Yugoslav Mirror: The EU Disintegration Crisis

Joachim Becker

About the Editors

Jamie Morgan works at Leeds Beckett University, UK, and is the former coordinator of the Association for Heterodox Economics. He coedits the Real World Economics Review with Edward Fullbrook. He has published widely in the fields of economics, political economy, philosophy, sociology and international politics. His recent books include Trumponomics. Causes and consequences (ed. with E. Fullbrook, 2017).

Heikki Patomäki is Professor of World Politics at the University of Helsinki, Finland. He has also been Professor in the UK and Australia and a Visiting Professor in Japan. Patomäki’s research interests comprise philosophy and methodology of social sciences, peace research, futures studies, economic theory, global political economy and global political theory. His most recent book is Disintegrative tendencies in global political economy (Routledge, December 2017).

About the Series

Rethinking Globalizations

This series is designed to break new ground in the literature on globalisation and its academic and popular understanding. Rather than perpetuating or simply reacting to the economic understanding of globalisation, this series seeks to capture the term and broaden its meaning to encompass a wide range of issues and disciplines and convey a sense of alternative possibilities for the future.

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