Brexit: Politics Dissertation Topics

A good dissertation topic must above all else be relevant, familiar and of particular interest to the researcher. It is also imperative that the researcher’s mentor or supervisor has an interest in and substantive knowledge of the topic as well. The topic, rather than being repetitive of what has gone before, should instead be timely and seek to add value to the chosen subject (or in the case of a PhD topic make an original contribution to the chosen area, and contain information other researchers may wish to access). Finally the topic should also make provision for an appropriate mix between description and analysis.

Brexit and the impact it is likely to have on the world and the UK in particular from a political perspective

The main national and international economic institutions have all concurred that the effect of Brexit in the UK is likely to be at least recession or stagflation, and an uncertain stock market internationally. From a political perspective the biggest challenge will be for PM Theresa May to re-unite her party and the country.

Benefits of selecting a dissertation topic about Brexit

Brexit has been described as a gamble, as no one knows the exact repercussions. This uncertainty and rapidly evolving situation leaves much scope for conducting research in a number of areas such as economic and political impact, effects on immigration, the best deal for Britain and the impact on the integrity of the union.

The main advantage of Brexit is that the UK can increase its trade with the rapidly expanding emerging markets around the world. Discuss.

The aim of this research is to investigate the extent to which EU membership hampers the UK’s ability to explore new markets in which it could set its own import and export tariffs

Will Brexit lead to the break-up of the European Union?

The aim of this research is to investigate the likelihood of Brexit leading to right wing groups in Europe such as the Front National in France, and the PVV Party in the Netherlands securing referenda which could lead to other key states leaving.

Brexit will not staunch the in-flow of migrants to the UK.

This research will aim to verify this hypothesis by examining a number of factors such as Brexit’s non applicability to migration from outside the EU, and the free movement rules of future deals with the EU.

To what extent has Brexit harmed ‘Brand UK’?

This research will examine the effect of Brexit on the UK’s cultural brand in terms of norms and values, and global standing as an outward looking and welcoming country, as well as the effect on its soft power in international relations

Does the Brexit vote demonstrate the limitations of using a referendum?

While a referendum can be a good form of direct democracy, it can also require citizens to decide on complex issues they do not understand.

This research will examine the extent to which the population made an informed Brexit decision.

Brexit, Article 50 and the British constitution.

This research will investigate parliamentary sovereignty and the constitutional problems of triggering Article 50, inasmuch as the majority of MPs are pro remaining in the EU, and the fact that parliament cannot be bound by a referendum.

Will Brexit spell the end of Britain?

This research will examine the effects of Brexit on Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales and the likelihood of withdrawn EU funding and economic downturn leading to the likelihood of independence or re-unification in Ireland.

Brexit and the social construction of reality.

This research will investigate the extent to which the Leave campaign won through a discourse that constructed a false sense of reality with regards to the EU. This includes narratives on: the money sent to the EU; immigration cuts and the effects of Turkey’s accession.

Brexit as a moral panic.

The aim of this research will be to apply Cohen’s concept of moral panics to the Brexit process, especially in terms of an imagined golden past by the older generation, whose vote to leave has effectively narrowed the opportunities and horizons of future generations.

Brexit will be detrimental to the UK’s economy.

This research will aim to verify this hypothesis by examining a range of likely negative effects of the decision to leave the EU. These will include areas such as: employment, foreign direct investment, the impact on the UK’s service economy, the pound, interest rates.

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