Can Brexit Improve Our Understanding of “Wicked Problems”?
Is Brexit a wicked problem? John Erik Fossum is published in European Policy Analysis with an article on how the wicked problem framework can be improved by incorporating the problem of political order.
The main purpose of this article is to improve the wicked problem framework by incorporating the problem of political order, as it appears in the context of Brexit. The first part specifies what is meant by political order and highlights two core meanings: settled order, and orderliness as the presence or absence of rules. Thereafter, the article specifies what is meant by wicked problem and shows that this body of literature has not really engaged with the problem of political order. In the third section, the focus is on how and in what sense Brexit constitutes a wicked problem with reference to a set of criteria for delineating wicked problems. As part of that, it is made clear where and how matters of political order appear. In the conclusion, I discuss how we can improve the wicked problem framework by including questions of political order.
Can Brexit Improve Our Understanding of “Wicked Problems”? Reflections on Policy and Political Order
John Erik Fossum
European Policy Analysis