Call for Papers: What to learn from Brexit for the EU?


Call for Proposals is now open for the Annual Conference of the French Political Science Association, taking place 2-4 July, specifically inviting proposals for panels convened by Anja Thomas, OxPo Postdoctoral Research Fellow, on the single topic of: "What to learn from ‘Brexit’ for the EU and European integration? Empirical insights and theoretical and normative reflections"

The panels will bring together researchers from different national research communities for an interdisciplinary stocktaking of the state of the art of research on causes and context factors of Brexit - and on the consequences of the British withdrawal for the EU and the process of European integration.

The exit of the UK from the European Union is a drastic event for the EU and the process of European integration. Despite a flourishing literature on the referendum in 2016 and the immediate withdrawal process, academic research dealing with the deeper lying logics of the phenomenon is still in early stages. This is especially true when it comes to the study of factors relating to the EU’s multi-level governance, the EU’s sociology, and the normative structures underpinning the EU’s political order.

Much of the research carried out so far focusses on the UK’s domestic context (see e.g. Evans, Menon 2017; Diamond, Nedergaard, Rosamond 2018). Stocktaking on the implications of Brexit for the EU (see e.g. Bulmer, Squaglia 2018) and research on the future of European (dis)integration (see e.g. Schimmelfennig 2018) has only just begun. The same is true for research tackling the issue from a more normative perspective, asking for example which type of integration might be sustainable in an EU after Brexit from the point of view of ‘demoicracy’ (Nicolaïdis 2018).

The thematic panels invite a broad range of contributions taking up an EU and/or longer-term and multi-level perspective relating to Brexit. Papers may deal for example with the following questions:

  • Which longer-term causes or context factors linked to the EU’s policies, politics and the EU’s political system help to understand the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union? How can different tensions concerning the EU’s policies and institutions add to the picture? How can the study of conflicting narratives, discourses, and beliefs, but also of actors’ practices, sociology and values be mobilised to understand the events leading to Brexit? Did Europeanisation processes mitigate or strengthen tensions in the EU’s multi-level system?
  • Which consequences will Brexit have for the EU’s political order – for questions such as citizenship, identity, democracy and legitimacy? Which consequences are arising for the EU’s social and political geography, but also its governance, its policy-making processes or its professional ‘fields’?
  • How will or should the political order of the European Union be structured in the aftermath of the withdrawal of the UK from the EU? Which future scenarios are there for the EU after Brexit?

The thematic panel invites scholars from different research communities and a wide variety of academic perspectives to apply. Its aim is in particular to connect UK based researchers on the one hand with researchers from the French speaking, European and wider international research community to think about the implications of Brexit from an EU point of view. The organiser invites both submissions from scholars working empirically on the phenomenon and from those having a more theoretical or normative angle.

Paper proposals (max 3000 characters, spaces included, bibliography excluded) and any other enquiries are welcome before 12/12/18 to:

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