Best Article in Global Affairs 2020

The winner of the EISA´s Best Article in Global Affairs 2020 is Oliver Daddow for their article “GlobalBritain: the Discursive Construction of Britain’s post-Brexit World Role"”.


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The abstract of the article:

Of the many dilemmas faced by Theresa May in negotiating Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, finding a workable narrative to explain Britain’s new world role post-Brexit proved one of the most intractable. She and her top government ministers alighted on the idea of “Global Britain”. Giving it the shorthand GlobalBritain™, the article interprets the vision using qualitative discourse analysis. It begins by positioning the article as a contribution to constructivist foreign policy analysis. Next, it explains the method used to select the relevant sources, develop the codebook and interpret the data. The third section outlines the policy architecture intended to make GlobalBritain™ practical reality. The final section demonstrates the rhetorical techniques through which GlobalBritain™ is framed as the story of Britain escaping a damaging period of confinement inside the EU “prison”. The central argument is that GlobalBritain™ puts a marked Eurosceptic twist on a long-standing UK grand strategy aimed at a global leadership role in which “Europe” has always played an ambiguous part. The conclusion critically reflects on the research we can now conduct to discover more about this foreign policy narrative in-the-making.


The committee comment:

The committee was impressed by your analysis of the political discourse central to the debate on Brexit and considered your article important, innovative, and likely to have high impact.


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About the Best Article in Global Affairs award

The journal Global Affairs traces trends and events in global and European politics and facilitates debate about current issues. The prize is awarded to the most innovative article with considerable impact on debates about current global politics.