Lectures on Brexit: Irish and UK responses compared

Lectures on Brexit: Irish and UK responses compared

Department of Politics and Public Administration
 
Dr Jane O’Mahony
Senior Lecturer in European Politics
University of Kent
 
Friday 8th March 10.00-12.00 
(including break)
Venue: SG15
 
Statecraft and the wicked problem of Brexit: Irish and UK responses compared 
 
While the exact definition of a ‘wicked problem’ is contested in the study of public policy, there is a general consensus that wicked problems are highly complex, clear and simple solutions are not sufficient to solving the problem and there is a degree of uncertainty as to the likely impact of interventions. For both the Ireland and the United Kingdom (UK), Brexit could be said to represent such a type of problem. As the EU member state most affected, the UK’s exit from the EU has the potential to be an existential challenge for Ireland. For the UK, Brexit has been likened to a revolutionary moment as it upends the UK’s existing economic, geopolitical and potentially social settlements. It is therefore a huge challenge of statecraft for both Irish and British elites and public administrations to manage. This talk will offer a navigation into the journeys of both Irish and British core executives in negotiating and managing the wicked problem that is the UK’s exit from the European Union.