Brexit: Shaken or Stirred?

What does Brexit mean for Europe? What does it mean for the UK? How did “leave” win? What is the next step for the UK? And does Brexit actually mean Brexit? We discussed these questions, and more,  at our first event of the season.

Wednesday, September 14, 12:00 pm.
World Forum, Perry World House, University of Pennsylvania.

Related articles:

Tim Cullen, Theresa May’s Brexit Plan.  Foreign Affairs.
Brendan O’leary’s UKEXIT proposal.

Panel participants:


Dr. Jonathan Hopkin is an Associate Professor of Comparative Politics at London School of Economics. His research interests include Political Parties and Elections, Redistribution and Inequality, Corruption, Decentralization, the Euro crisis, and the Politics of Britain, Italy and Spain. He is the author of Party Formation and Democratic Transition in Spain (Macmillan 1999), and has published in a range of journals including the European Journal of Political ResearchGovernanceParty Politics, the Review of International Political Economy and West European Politics. His current research focuses on the emergence of party cartels in advanced democracies, and the relationship of partisan politics to income inequality and welfare state change.

PC: Alina Yakubova |

Dr. Julia Gray is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in international relations with a focus on international political economy. Her work in international political economy and international organization has appeared or is forthcoming in theAmerican Journal of Political ScienceInternational Studies QuarterlyComparative Political Studies, the European Journal of Political Research, and the Review of International Organizations.  Her book The Company You Keep: International Organization and Sovereign Risk in Emerging Markets is currently under contract at Cambridge University Press.


Brendan O’Leary is an Irish and US citizen, and since 2003 has been the Lauder Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the inaugural winner of the Juan Linz prize of theInternational Political Science Association which will be presented to him in Istanbul in 2016, for contributions to the study of multinational societies, federalism and power-sharing. He is the Series Editor of National and Ethnic Conflict in the 21st Century, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. O’Leary has been a political and constitutional advisor to the United Nations, the European Union, the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, the Governments of the UK and Ireland, and to the British Labour Party during the Irish peace process.


Dr. Julia Lynch is a Co-Director of PTESC and an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where she has taught since 2001. She holds a PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley and a BA in government from Harvard University.  Her research concerns the politics of inequality, social policy, and the economy in comparative perspective, with a focus on the countries of Western Europe and the United States. Professor Lynch is also active in the profession more broadly, serving on the Executive Committee of the Council for European Studies as well as on the editorial boards of Comparative Political Studies, Journal of European Social Policy, and Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. 

PC: Alina Yakubova |