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Governance for ‘a place between’: the multilevel dynamics of implementing the Protocol on Northern Ireland


The vote to leave the European Union had a significant impact on Northern Ireland. Implementing the NI Protocol gave rise to a new form of what this research project defined as ‘perched’ multilevel governance for NI.

Given the evolving nature of the post-Brexit UK-EU relationship and UK trade policy, these dynamic arrangements were mapped and tracked. This project will do this, as well as explaining the implications and identifying problems. It will also create the means by which informed key stakeholders can together find solutions to those problems.

This ambitious project made a weighty contribution to scholarship on multilevel governance, as well as testing a hypothesis about ways to improve legitimacy through problem-solving. It produced original and comparative qualitative and quantitative data to inform policymakers at all levels of governance affecting NI.

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