In the Aftermath of the BREXIT Vote Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Buddi, Jessica
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Political Science
  • The British referendum of 2016 resulted in an unprecedented and marked rise in power that Euroscepticism has had across the European Union (EU). Within the United Kingdom (UK), limited information has yet to be fully studied with the intent of understanding the myriad reasons that shaped voting behavior in the recent referendum. Analysis of interview data and application of the three dominant Eurosceptic models: utilitarian, cue-taking, and identity, yields insights into the broader referendum result. Support for UK membership in the EU was particularly common among participants with utilitarian interests, based in part on these voters’ economic relationships buttressed against their knowledge of international politics, and cue-taking behavior. Voting behavior that aligned with leaving the EU was also associated with cue-taking arguments, and a strong British identity. These conclusions help to inform the academic community by illuminating the nature of the arguments surrounding disenfranchised British voters prior to the referendum.
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  • Stephens, John
  • Jenkins, Robert
  • Marks, Gary
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017

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