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Internationalized at work and localistic at home: the ‘split’ Europeanization behind Brexit

Crescenzi, Riccardo, Di Cataldo, Marco and Faggian, Alessandra (2017) Internationalized at work and localistic at home: the ‘split’ Europeanization behind Brexit. Papers in Regional Science, 97 (1). pp. 117-133. ISSN 1056-8190

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Identification Number: 10.1111/pirs.12350

Abstract

This paper looks at the results of the Referendum on the United Kingdom membership to the European Union in order to test the link between the internationalisation of the local economy and the openness of the local society as factors associated with the ‘Leave’ vote (Brexit). The paper compares a number of alternative explanations put forward in the public debate after the Referendum. The empirical analysis suggests that the outcome of the referendum can be linked to an increasing tension between the ever increasing internationalisation of local firms and the ‘localistic’ attitude of their employees. Brexit can be seen as the result of a process of ‘split Europeanisation’ whereby Euroscepticism is triggered by the increasing mismatch between internationalised economies (and corporate economic interests) and localistic societies (and workers’ attitudes and cultural preferences).

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(IS...
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors © CC BY 4.0
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Spatial Economics Research Centre
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D7 - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making > D72 - Economic Models of Political Processes: Rent-Seeking, Elections, Legislatures, and Voting Behavior
N - Economic History > N4 - Government, War, Law, and Regulation > N44 - Europe: 1913-
R - Urban, Rural, and Regional Economics > R2 - Household Analysis > R23 - Regional Migration; Regional Labor Markets; Population
Z - Other Special Topics > Z1 - Cultural Economics; Economic Sociology; Economic Anthropology > Z13 - Social Norms and Social Capital; Social Networks
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Spatial Economics Research Centre
Collections > Economists Online
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2017 08:31
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 12:21
Projects: 639633-MASSIVE-ERC-2014-STG
Funders: European Research Council
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/85744

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