CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Brexit – Transforming Politics, Policy, and Institutions

A short course organized by the British Politics Group at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Wednesday, 28 August 2019, Washington, DC.

Note: deadline EXTENDED until 7 June 2019; we will continue to review proposals after that as long as there is still space on the agenda. Please submit a proposal!

When the British electorate voted in June 2016 to leave the European Union, the decision shook the political establishment of the country. Three years later, the consequences of that vote are still reverberating. The Brexit vote has roiled political parties, government authority, public administration, the economy, and almost every quarter of British domestic and foreign policy. This short course organized by the British Politics Group will explore the on-going ramifications of the Brexit vote from the perspectives of an international gathering of scholars.

Most significantly, Brexit will transform the British economy and Britain’s relationship with the EU-27, with some predicting an economic disaster for the UK and others optimistic about the reinvigoration of the British economy. What will Britain’s new relationship with the EU resemble, and who will the winners and losers of the new arrangements be, in the UK and in the EU? Will the UK be able to strike new trade deals with other major global actors? Will the “Special Relationship” be undermined, enhanced, or unchanged by Britain’s new status? How will the UK’s relations with its nearest neighbors, including Ireland and France, change?

Brexit has introduced new dynamics into every significant political institution, including the country’s main political parties. With both Labour and the Conservatives divided on the issue, what will the state of the parties be as Brexit takes its final form? Will populists continue to challenge the mainstream British parties, or with Brexit a “done deal”, will a new map of electoral space emerge? Policy-making is also undergoing a massive disruption, particularly in domains where the UK has not made policy independently for nearly five decades. How will British institutions manage the post-Brexit policy load? Will policy be innovative and distinctive once it is freed from the collective decision-making processes of the EU (as promised by many Brexit supporters)? Where and to what extent will the policy preferences of the EU be ‘sticky’?

At a more fundamental level, the Brexit vote has provoked new debates about the constitution of the United Kingdom and re-animated older debates thought to be resolved. From questions about the impact of Brexit on the legal order of the country, to contention about political and economic relations among England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, where Brexit has reawakened questions about the Irish border and the peace process, Brexit has deeply unsettled the political status quo. What will British sovereignty look like in the wake of Brexit? How will regional politics be transformed by the end of UK membership in the EU? Will the British state survive in its current form?

In this short course, panelists from the BPG and from the broader APSA membership will examine these questions and others, in order to assess the course of Brexit and its repercussions on British politics and beyond. Interested participants should contact the short course organizer, Janet Laible (Lehigh University) at jml6@lehigh.edu no later than 1 May 2019 [extended to June 7!]. NOTE: Accepted participants are requested to become members of the British Politics Group and must register for the full APSA conference in order to register for the short course. Short course registration involves a small fee that is collected by APSA.

Proposal submissions are now open for the 2019 APSA meeting!

The British Politics Group welcomes proposals for papers, panels, roundtables and other innovative formats on any topic related to British politics for the 2019 APSA annual meeting in Washington, DC. We are open to proposals that focus on the United Kingdom as a case study as well as those that provide comparative perspectives on British politics.

Proposals may wish to consider the theme for the 2019 APSA Annual Meeting, “Populism and Privilege,” which invites participants to consider the implications of the waves of populist discontent evident in many polities and question the ways in which populism may be a response to entrenched privilege among elites. These questions are highly relevant to British politics, and proposals might address, for example, how populist discontent is transforming Britain’s political parties and democratic institutions; issues of austerity and the proper role of the state in social welfare; how Britain manages contentious issues of immigration; whether we will continue to have a “United” Kingdom; and Britain’s political and economic relationship with the EU, US, and the rest of the world post-Brexit, among other topics. We are open to any and all worthy proposals.

Note that all proposals must go through the APSA on-line process at apsanet.org and must be submitted by the regular APSA deadline. Please follow APSA guidelines for submissions, e.g., paper proposals will need an abstract of the paper and full contact details for the presenter(s); panel proposals will need panelist names, paper titles, and abstracts. Please also note that all presenters including co-authors must be dues-paying members of the BPG in order to appear on the program (presenters may join the BPG after acceptance to the conference). The deadline for proposals is Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 11.59pm (Pacific Time).

Additional questions may be addressed to the Program Chair, Holly Jarman, at hjarman [AT] umich.edu or BPG Executive Director, Janet Laible, at jml6 [AT] lehigh.edu

Brexit and Beyond:

Implications for British and European Politics

Co-sponsored by the British Politics Group and the Political Studies Association, with support from the British Journal of Politics and International Relations

A one-day short course at the 2018 APSA Annual Meeting, Boston, MA; Wednesday, 29 August 2018 at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, Boston: Room 301

PANEL 1 — POLICY AND POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF BREXIT

CHAIR: TBD

0900-1015

“The Legal Consequences of Brexit,” Kelley Littlepage, University of Houston

“The Brexit Time Bomb: Are We Witnessing the Disintegration of the UK?” Peter Moloney, Boston College

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“UK Policy-Making in a Post-Brexit World,” Richard Rose, University of Strathclyde

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BREAK 1015-1030

 

PANEL 2 — IMPLICATIONS OF BREXIT FOR THE EU – I

CHAIR: Tim Bale, Queen Mary University, London

1030-1145

“Understanding Brexit: Process-Tracing, Critical Junctures and Institutional Reform,” Nina S. Barzachka, Dickinson College

“Getting out from Under those Judges? What Brexit Conflicts over the Court of Justice Reflects About British and EU Politics,” Lisa Conant, University of Denver

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“A Renewed Project for Europe: Brexit and the Future of EU Enlargement Policy,” Jamie Scalera, Georgia Southern University

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BREAK 1145-1200

 

PANEL 3 — BREXIT AND POLITICAL PARTY MEMBERSHIP

CHAIR: Terrence Casey, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

1200-1315

“‘The Secret of Leaving’: Who Quits Their Party and Why? Grassroots Members in the UK,” Tim Bale, Queen Mary University, London; Monica Polletti, Queen Mary University, London; and Paul Webb, University of Sussex

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“From Multi-speed to multi-stream? Recognising the motivations, processes, and triggers in a multi-stream activation model of party membership,” Katharine Dommett, University of Sheffield; and Sam Power, University of Sheffield

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“Brexit and the SNP: Threat or Opportunity?” Rob Johns, University of Essex; James Mitchell, University of Edinburgh; and Lynn Bennie, University of Aberdeen

“Determined and Distinctive Britishness: The Democratic Unionist Party’s Membership,” Jon Tonge, University of Liverpool; Sophie Whiting, University of Bath; Jim McAuley, University of Huddersfield; and Thomas Hennessey, Canterbury Christ Church University

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LUNCH 1315-1445

 

PANEL 4 — IMPLICATIONS OF BREXIT FOR THE EU – II

CHAIR: Janet Laible, Lehigh University

1445-1600

“A Stronger European Union? The Unexpected Security Consequences of Brexit ,” Federiga Bindi, University of Rome Tor Vergata and SAIS Johns Hopkins University

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“The Political Economy of Social Europe after Brexit,” Scott Greer, University of Michigan

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“European Union Trade Policy in the Wake of the Brexit Vote,” Holly Jarman, University of Michigan

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BREAK 1600-1615

 

PANEL 5 — THE NATIONS OF THE UK AND BREXIT

CHAIR: Nina S. Barzachka, Dickinson College

1615-1730

“Brexit’s Scottish Dimension: Dual Identities and Qualified Support for the EU,” Marco Biagi, Yale University

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“Brexit and Historical Precedent: The Dangers of Underestimating the SNP,” Stacey Gorski Spring, Boston University

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“United Kingdom and United Europe: The Implications of Brexit for Continued Unity,” A. Maurits van der Veen, College of William & Mary

AS A GENTLE REMINDER: APSA short courses are intended only for APSA Annual Meeting attendees. You must register for the full APSA conference and the short course if you are presenting or attending. The short course fee – set by APSA – is $25. You will need to check in at the main APSA Conference Registration in order to pick up your short course badge prior to attending. Based on past experience, APSA will be rather strict about enforcing these rules.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS: “Brexit and Beyond: Implications for British and European Politics”

Short course sponsored by the British Politics Group at the 2018 APSA Conference, Boston, MA (USA)

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

The decision of British voters in June 2016 to leave the European Union initiated an unprecedented period of turmoil and transformation in both British and European politics. This short course sponsored by the British Politics Group will gather key scholars from the UK, Europe, and the US to explore these issues.

The most significant impacts of Brexit relate to foreign relations and the economy. What will be the political and economic relationship between Britain and the EU post-Brexit? Will the economy be the disaster that Remainers predicted? What will be the impact on the continent’s economies? If Britain leaves the Single Market, can it establish new trade deals – and on what terms — with other major economic actors, especially China and the United States? What will become of the special relationship once the UK is no longer a conduit for America to Europe?  Brexit will also inexorably alter the trajectory of European integration (or dis-integration). How will British departure from the EU affect European institutions and the remaining Member States?

British domestic politics is also in a state of extreme flux. Since 2014, Britain has held a referendum on Scottish independence, two general elections (both with surprise results) and, of course, the Brexit vote. Collectively these have shaken the foundations of British party and electoral politics. Conservative leader Theresa May is in office yet not exactly in power, having spectacularly failed by losing her majority in a snap 2017 election. Meanwhile Jeremy Corbyn, that most implausible of potential Prime Ministers, is potentially poised to lead his Labour Party to victory. The populism that spurred the Leave Campaign to victory, moreover, remains a force. What will be the state of the parties after all this plays out? How will this transform the electoral map heading into the next General Election?

Separating from the EU also raises new problems for the structure of the United Kingdom itself, potentially reconfiguring political and economic relations between England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland, where the issue of the border with the Republic of Ireland is already becoming a major concern of the Brexit negotiations. Can the United Kingdom survive Brexit in its current institutional configuration?

In this short course, various panelists from the BPG and beyond will come together to examine the questions raised above, among others, in order to provide a better understanding of the course of British and European politics during the process of Brexit negotiation and beyond. In addition to panelists invited by the BPG, we are open to proposals from other scholars whose research is appropriate to the topics under consideration.

Interested participants should send individual paper or panel proposals to the conference organizer, TERRENCE CASEY (Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology) at casey1@rose-hulman.edu no later than 1 May 2018. Please include an abstract (300 words maximum), institutional affiliation, and e-mail contact. For full panel proposals, please make sure to include a brief panel abstract in addition to the individual paper abstracts, and full contact information for all panel participants. Volunteers to serve as discussants and panel chairs would be greatly appreciated.

IMPORTANT: APSA short courses are intended only for APSA Annual Meeting attendees. You must register for the full APSA conference and the short course if you are presenting or attending. The short course fee – set by APSA – is $25. You will need to check in at the main APSA Conference Registration in order to pick up your short course badge prior to attending. Based on past experience, APSA will be rather strict about enforcing these rules.

 

Proposal submissions are now open for the 2018 APSA Meeting!

The British Politics Group welcomes proposals for papers, panels, roundtables and other innovative formats on any topic related to British politics for the 2018 APSA annual meeting in Boston. We are open to proposals that focus on the United Kingdom as a case study as well as those that provide comparative perspectives on British politics.
Proposals may wish to consider the theme for the 2018 APSA Annual Meeting, “Democracy and Its Discontents,” which invites participants to consider the wider implications of the waves of populist discontent evident in many polities and how these connect with global economic transformation. For the United Kingdom, this suggests examinations of how political discontent is transforming Britain’s political parties and democratic institutions; issues of austerity and the proper role of the state in social welfare; how Britain manages contentious issues of immigration; whether we will continue to have a “United” Kingdom; and Britain’s political and economic relationship with the EU, US, and the rest of the world post-Brexit, among other topics. We are open to any and all worthy proposals.

Note that all proposals must go through the APSA on-line process and must be submitted by the regular APSA deadline. Please follow APSA guidelines for submissions, e.g. paper proposals will need an abstract of the paper and full contact details for the presenter(s); panel proposals will need panelist names, paper titles, and abstracts. Please also note that all presenters including co-authors must be dues-paying members of the BPG in order to appear on the program (presenters may join the BPG after acceptance to the conference). The proposal deadline is January 16, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time).

Additional questions may be addressed to the Program Chair, Terrence Casey, at casey1 [AT] rose-hulman.edu or BPG Executive Director, Janet Laible, at jml6 [AT] lehigh.edu

 

Brexit and Trump: What’s Next for the UK, EU and US?

One-Day Conference at UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies Library on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

We are pleased to announce a conference sponsored by the British Politics Group and the Anglo-American Studies Program at UC Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies Library, on Wednesday, August 30thBrexit and Trump: What’s Next for the UK, EU and US?  The lineup and conference papers are available here.  A highlight will be the keynote address given by David Brady and Doug Rivers of Stanford University at 3:30 p.m. Introducing them will be Andrew Whittaker, HM Consul General to San Francisco, whom we are delighted to welcome.  Following the keynote, we are partnering with the Hansard Society and hosting a post-conference reception.  It would be great to see BPG members there!

The BPG is happy to announce our program for APSA 2017!

If you are attending the APSA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, please attend the two panels of the British Politics Group – check your program for panel locations.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 2017: 12.00pm to 1.30pm
Panel title: New Research on the Brexit Vote
Chair: Jonathan Tonge, University of Liverpool
Discussant: Scott Greer, University of MichiganPapers:
Title: Brexit or Block it? Party and Demographic EU divisions in
Northern Ireland
Authors: Jonathan Tonge, University of Liverpool
Maire Braniff, Ulster University
Thomas Hennessey, Canterbury Christ Church University
Jim McAuley, University of Huddersfield
Sophie Whiting, University of BathTitle: Challenging the Narrative of the Left-Behind Brexiter
Authors: Lorenza Antonucci
Laszlo Horvath
André Krouwel, Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamTitle: Perceptions of Change, Ethnicity, and Immigration Attitudes in
Brexit
Author: Hyun Tae Kim, University of Southern California
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2017: 10.00am to 11.30am
Panel title: Constructing Public Values in British Politics
Chair: David Parker, Montana State University

Discussant: Terrence Casey, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Papers:
Title: Why Euroscepticism hindered Europeanization in the UK
Author: Joo Yeon Park

Title: Media Ownership Effects and Attitude Change: The Case of the UK
Miners’ Strike
Author: Liam Kneafsey, Trinity College Dublin

Title: How MP Expenses and Allowances Create Citizen Impressions
Authors: David CW Parker, Montana State University
Courtney Kellogg, Montana State University