The Panic of 2008 and Brexit: Regional Integration versus Nationalism
Set at June 23, 2016, voters in the United Kingdom have just approved a referendum calling for the UK to leave the European Union. The case describes the motives for European integration, the rise of separatist movements in the UK and elsewhere, and the referendum process itself. The purpose of this case is to provide a contemporary counterpoint to a discussion of the economic and political motivations for the American Civil War. Dominant themes highlighted here are economic nationalism, political nationalism, cultural and ethnocentrism, and populism.