Brexit and crisis management: the rescaling of transnational governance networks for energy and health security

Andrew Judge, John Connolly

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    So far, the ongoing ‘Brexit’ negotiations have primarily focused on economic and macro-political issues, while little attention has been paid to the meso-level of governance where most UK-EU cooperation currently takes place. In particular researchers have largely neglected contingencies and crisis management, despite these being critical areas of transnational security governance. This paper addresses this oversight through a critical assessment of how the arrangements for preventing and managing pandemics and gas supply disruptions will have to adapt during Brexit. Rather than viewing Brexit as a particular end-state, we conceptualise it as an ongoing process of governance rescaling in which authority is reconfigured, with implications for transnational governance. We argue, based on a series of interviews with key practitioners, that the rescaling of contingencies and crisis governance will be more limited than conventional ‘Remainer’ and ‘Brexiteer’ narratives suggest. While the outcomes of the negotiations will place constraints on how transnational governance can be organised, we expect that technical incentives to maintain established epistemic networks and policy relationships will result in the continuation of extensive UK-EU cooperation in this area, while also having the potential to accelerate current trends towards greater internationalisation of contingencies and crisis management.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2019
    EventInternational Studies Association 60th Annual Convention - Toronto, Canada
    Duration: 26 Mar 201930 Mar 2019 (Conference website)


    ConferenceInternational Studies Association 60th Annual Convention
    Abbreviated titleISA 2019
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    • Brexit
    • Health
    • Energy
    • Crisis
    • Security


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