Brexit and the politics of UK growth models

Ben Rosamond*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Brexit has reopened and repoliticized the debate about future growth models for the UK economy. This contribution argues that this debate is built around historically specific path dependencies that reflect the particular character of public debate about British political economy, while also suggesting that the debate around Brexit takes place at a very distinctive moment in the history of democratic capitalism in Europe. This combination gives the renewed politicization a specific and perhaps perverse character. The paper considers how we should approach debates about growth models, paying particular attention to the importance of the politics of support. It suggests that recent debate about growth models has been largely subsumed within the politics of Brexit, which has politicized that debate, albeit through the emergent political economy frames that Brexit has provoked. The paper explores the ways in which the demise of three key props of European democratic capitalism – a sustained period of economic growth, a governing philosophy that subordinated the market to wider social purposes and strong political parties – play out in the context of Brexit and the search for a new politics of support.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)408-421
Number of pages14
JournalNew Political Economy
Issue number3
Early online date14 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - 4 May 2019


  • politics of support
  • growth models
  • Brexit
  • UK economy


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