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Ichijo, Atsuko

The Balancing Act

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This is a careful examination of the historical formation of Britain and of key moments in its relations with the European powers. The author looks at the governing discourses of politicians, the mass media, and the British people. The rhetoric of sovereignty among political elites and the population at large is found to conceive of Britain’s engagement with Europe as a zero-sum game. A second theme is the power of geographical images – island Britain – in feeding the idea of the British nation as by nature separate and autonomous. It follows that the EU is seen as ‘other’ and involvement in European decision-making tends to be viewed in terms of threat. This is naive, as nation- states are not autonomous, economically, militarily or politically. Only pooling sovereignty can maximize their national interests. Atsuko Ichijo is Senior Researcher in European Studies at Kingston University.

Keywords: Britain, Europe, referendum, EU, politics, mass media, sovereignty, Eurpoean Union, economics, economy, national interests, nation state, globalisation

Author(s)
Publisher
Andrews UK
Publication year
2017
Language
en
Edition
3
Series
Societas
Page amount
162 pages
Category
Society
Format
Ebook
eISBN (ePUB)
9781845408589
Printed ISBN
9781845401153

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