Networks after Brexit
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If scholarship on the European Union has taught us anything, it is that networks and policy communities matter for European integration and for the evolution of policies and politics in the EU. It is not hard to see why Brexit will change the meaning and impact of these networks, given the size, wealth, labor markets, and power as a scientific and research country that the United Kingdom has brought to the EU. This chapter briefly synthesizes the literature on policy communities to identify a few propositions that span it, and then proceeds to examine two case studies from the health policy area. For each case, the chapter examines the role played by the UK; looks at the treatment of external countries such as Switzerland as a gauge of the variables that can counteract exclusion from EU institutions; and assesses changes thus far in agencies and in broader policy directions. The analysis suggests that Brexit will involve the recreation of networks in the EU, and a test of the influence of ideas and intellectual stature, national power, priorities, and individual resources on networks that underpin European integration.


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