The European Union's problems have been widely commented on. From the rise of the far right to the problems of the Eurozone and the challenges of the fourth industrial revolution, many have argued that the union is under strain like never before. As the first ever decision of a member-state to leave the EU, Brexit has brought these issues into sharper focus. Yet, in itself, Brexit is strangely peculiar to the cultural and political assumptions of the British Isles. Unlike most other EU states, the British elite never exhibited a permissive consensus in favour of the project of European integration.
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Luke Cooper is a historical sociologist interested in processes of political and social transformation within and across societies. His research offers new insights into the role of nationalism and national identity in social change and explores the possibilities for a politics ‘beyond the nation state’. Prior to joining Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge as a Senior Lecturer, Luke worked at Richmond University in London and taught at the University of Sussex. He has presented his research widely at national and international conferences. He is a board member of the campaign group ‘Another Europe Is Possible’ and has extensive contacts with civil society and political practitioners in the global justice movement. He has recently won an Independent Social Research Foundation grant to explore tangible alternatives to TTIP and the corporate investment consensus in regional and international institutions. Luke’s major recent publications include The Corbyn moment and European Socialism with Kaldor, M., Milanese, N., and Palmer, J., Brexit and immigration: prioritising the rights of all workers with Gardner, Z., and Beyond Capitalism? The Future of Radical Politics with Hardy, S. Luke holds a BA in Political Studies earned at University of Leeds, an MSc in Comparative Politics (Research) from the London School of Economics and a PhD in International Relations from University of Sussex.