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Contested Britain: Brexit, Austerity and Agency

Marius Guderjan, Hugh Mackay, and Gesa Stedman


This book offers a powerful and distinctive analysis of how the politics of the UK and the lived experience of its citizens have been reframed in the first decades of the 21st century. It does so by bringing together carefully articulated case studies with theoretically informed discussion of the relationship between austerity, Brexit and the rise of populist politics, as well as highlighting the emergence of a range of practices, institutions and politics that challenge the hegemony of austerity discourses. The book mobilises notions of agency to help understand the role of austerity (as poli ... More

Keywords: Austerity, Brexit, Agency, UK, Politics, Society, Culture, Economy, Geography, History, Devolution, Populism, Class, Immigration

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781529205008
Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529205008.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marius Guderjan, editor
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

Hugh Mackay, editor
The Open University

Gesa Stedman, editor
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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Marius Guderjan, Hugh Mackay and Gesa Stedman

Part I The Politics and Culture of Austerity: Impacts and Resistance

Part II The Politics and Discourse of Brexit

7 Brexit Populism: Disenfranchisement and Agency

Marius Guderjan and Adrian Wilding

Part III Austerity and Brexit in a Divided Union


Marius Guderjan, Hugh Mackay and Gesa Stedman

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