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From Broke To Brexit

Britain’s Lost Decade

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • Offers a timely and accessible reflection on UK politics from 2010-2019

  • Examines the role of globalism, social media, income inequalities, and immigration in shaping the decade’s politics

  • Focuses on the impact of austerity on economic and political problems, social divisions and tensions

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Table of contents (19 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiv
  2. The Undercurrents

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. From Boom to Bust

      • Michael Burton
      Pages 3-13
    3. ‘What Has the EU Ever Done for Us?’

      • Michael Burton
      Pages 15-29
    4. The Immigration Debate

      • Michael Burton
      Pages 31-42
    5. Globalism and ‘the Left Behind’

      • Michael Burton
      Pages 43-56
  3. The Catalysts

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 77-77
    2. Austerity

      • Michael Burton
      Pages 79-92
    3. Cameron Opts for a Referendum

      • Michael Burton
      Pages 93-106
    4. Pulling Up the Drawbridge

      • Michael Burton
      Pages 107-113
    5. The Disrupters

      • Michael Burton
      Pages 115-123
    6. The Recovery That Wasn’t

      • Michael Burton
      Pages 125-133
    7. Labour Turns to Populism

      • Michael Burton
      Pages 135-144
    8. Dress Rehearsal for the Referendum

      • Michael Burton
      Pages 145-150
  4. The Brave New World

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 151-151
    2. Road Map to the Referendum

      • Michael Burton
      Pages 153-163
    3. The Referendum

      • Michael Burton
      Pages 165-185
    4. The Merry Months of May

      • Michael Burton
      Pages 187-199
    5. The Gamble That Failed

      • Michael Burton
      Pages 201-208

About this book

‘This insightful account is ideal for the general reader or student wanting to understand the background to the UK’s departure from the European Union and the landslide election of the Boris Johnson government.’

—      --Jackie Sadek, Chief Operating Officer, UK Regeneration, and former Whitehall adviser

 

‘A chronicle of one of the most turbulent times in modern British politics, this book is an unbiased, informed and important assessment of ten years that have changed the nation.’

–         --David Godfrey, Visiting Fellow, Localis think tank (UK), and former UK ministerial adviser

 

Perhaps the most extraordinary period in modern British history, the years between the Great Recession and Brexit have often been dubbed ‘the lost decade’ because of the economic and political turmoil caused by those two great events. Michael Burton outlines how the first led to the second, assisted by a rare confluence of other, often unrelated, social and political factors that delivered the shock Leave verdict in the EU referendum of 2016. These included the longstanding grievances of voters in former industrial areas feeling left behind by globalism, stagnant incomes after the recession, austerity, the rise of social media, the refugee and Eurozone crisis in Europe, the deep split in the Conservative and Labour parties over the EU and rising wealth inequalities.  The author also charts the chaotic political landscape that ended in the final Brexit deal. This book is ideal for the general reader as well as for students of politics, history and economics needing a concise and well-explained account of this turbulent period in British history.

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Michael Burton is a longstanding commentator on British public policy and the author of two previous Palgrave Macmillan books on politics, The Politics of Public Sector Reform from Thatcher to the Coalition (2013) and The Politics of Austerity: A Recent History (2016). He is a former editor of the weekly business title The MJ (Municipal Journal) and currently editorial director of its publishers, the Hemming Group.

Keywords

  • British Politics
  • Brexit
  • Austerity Policies
  • London Olympics 2012
  • David Cameron
  • Jeremy Corbin
  • Boris Jonhson
  • Recession

Reviews

‘This insightful account analyses the socio-economic undercurrents that linked the Great Recession to Brexit during one of the most dramatic decades in modern British politics. The book is ideal for the general reader or student wanting to understand the background to the UK’s departure from the European Union and the landslide election of the Boris Johnson government.’ (--  Jackie Sadek, Chief Operating Officer, UK Regeneration, and former Whitehall adviser)

‘In his chronicle of one of the most turbulent times in modern British politics, the author identifies the cause and effect of the seismic changes of the decade. This book is an unbiased, informed and important assessment of ten years that have changed the nation.’(--  David Godfrey, Visiting Fellow, Localis think tank (UK), and former UK ministerial adviser)


Authors and Affiliations

  • London, UK

    Michael Burton

About the author

Michael Burton is a longstanding commentator on British public policy and the author of two previous Palgrave Macmillan books on politics, The Politics of Public Sector Reform from Thatcher to the Coalition (2013) and The Politics of Austerity: A Recent History (2016). He is a former editor of the weekly business title The MJ (Municipal Journal) and currently editorial director of its publishers, the Hemming Group.


Bibliographic Information

Buying options

eBook USD 24.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-030-81889-0
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 34.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)