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New publication: "Not so far East? The impact of Central-Eastern European imports on the Brexit referendum" by Francesco Nicoli, Dominik Guelen Walters and Ann-Kathrin Reinl

06.09.2021

Existing research suggests that an uneven distribution of the spoils of globalisation fuelled the British electorates’ vote to leave the European Union in the 2016 Brexit referendum. While previous studies characterized Brexit as a backlash against global economic integration, Francesco Nicoli, Dominik Guelen Walters and Ann-Kathrin Reinl argue that regional economic integration had an even stronger effect on anti-EU sentiments among British voters. In their article “Not so far East? The impact of Central-Eastern European imports on the Brexit referendum” recently published in the Journal of European Public Policy, they show that the United Kingdom’s imports from Central and Eastern Europe are causally linked to the outcome of the Brexit referendum and offer tentative evidence suggesting that voters are able to distinguish different sources of trade and economic disruption. Francesco, Dominik and Ann-Kathrin’s findings suggest that (perceived) losers of globablisation “are likely to react to increases in import competition”.


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