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Research and higher education: UK as international star and closet European?

Corbett, Anne (2016) Research and higher education: UK as international star and closet European? Political Quarterly, 87 (2). pp. 166-173. ISSN 0032-3179

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Identification Number: 10.1111/1467-923X.12244


The research and higher education sectors have an exemplary place in the referendum debate. They were not part of the David Cameron renegotiation package. But stakeholders in favour of Remain have disrupted the consensus that in these sectors the EU’s role is relatively unimportant and that the UK’s achievements can be explained in national terms. The article seeks to explain first, the change in political dynamics that have brought the EU connections out of the shadows in these sectors, and second, what these sectors risk losing by a Brexit. It suggests that the campaign has made the case for a causal relationship between the UK’s higher education and research achievements and its global reach and it has shown how these sectoral policies are embedded in the EU’s foundational principles of freedom of movement and non-discrimination. There also signs that EU membership may come to matter to students, a politically important group, for reasons which range from freedom of movement to conflict prevention.

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Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2016 14:48
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:15

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