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Social Movements, Brexit and Social Policy

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 October 2018

Armine Ishkanian*
Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics E-mail:


In this article, I examine the relationship between social movements, Brexit and social policy and consider how political and socio-economic developments since the 2008 financial crisis helped create a fertile ground for Brexit. I query the assumption that Brexit was simply a result of those left behind by globalisation and instead explore why and how actors from across the ideological spectrum supported Brexit and examine the sources of discontent which created the conditions from which Brexit emerged. To understand the relationship, role and impact of social movements and, more widely, civil society on social policy, I argue that it is important to critically examine how diverse actors within civil society are campaigning for the recognition of unmet needs and challenging systems of redistribution and the ways in which they interact and engage with governance institutions and policy processes.

Themed Section: European Social Policy and Society after Brexit: Neoliberalism, Populism, and Social Quality
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