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Brexit: Critical Juncture in the UK’s International Development Agenda?

Cletus Famous Nwankwo
Published Online: 2018-05-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/openps-2017-0003


This paper raises some questions about Brexit in light of international development cooperation and policy studies. Brexit could be a disrupting critical juncture for UK policy and international development institutions after an extended period as a member of the European Union (EU). Consequently, it calls for investigating ongoing or potential policy reform in the UK’s international development programmes, the identification of policies that will not correspond to the requirements of the UK’s international development agenda in relation to Brexit, and the new policies that will replace them. Furthermore, it argues for the importance of the analysis of the nature and process of such policy reforms, and the attitudes of principal actors towards them. Examining these issues can reveal how a state could untangle and reconfigure itself amidst a complex institutional network of regional states’ association in the 21st Century.

Keywords : Brexit; critical juncture; international development; path dependence


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Received: 2018-03-06

Accepted: 2018-03-29

Published Online: 2018-05-31

Citation Information: Open Political Science, Volume 1, Issue 1, Pages 16–19, ISSN (Online) 2543-8042, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/openps-2017-0003.

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