Taking back control in order to hand it back to big business: corporations in Brexit Britain

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Brexit is stacking the cards in favour of big business. EU governments are competing vigorously for British capital. The British government is introducing new inducements to retain it. And business lobbyists are more active than ever in trying to ensure that public policies privilege capital. This paper examines empirical data from two separate studies. First it looks at the ways in which the UK competes for capital and its implications for public policy. The second presents new data on business lobbying in the UK. Drawing on both sets of data, this paper speculates that current approaches to Brexit is dramatically empowering capital and disempower citizens. The prognosis for British public and social policy is not great, but an alternative British capitalism may yet emerge to offer hope.
Period21 Mar 2018
Held atLiverpool Hope University, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionNational