Program

Comparing Modes of Governance in Canada and the European Union: Social Policy Engagement across Complex Multilevel Systems

University of Victoria, October 14-15, 2011

Arbutus/Queenswood Room, Cadboro Commons Conference Centre


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October 14, 2011

8:15-8:45 am :: Coffee & Refreshments
8:45-9:00 am :: Welcome
  • Peter Keller, Dean of Social Sciences, University of Victoria
  • Amy Verdun, University of Victoria
9:00-10:30 am :: Panel A

Conceptualizing Multilevel Governance and Federalism. Why Compare Canada and the European Union (EU) and How?

What are the differences? How important is this?

Chair: Oliver Schmidtke, University of Victoria

Presenters:

  • Amy Verdun, University of Victoria, The Euro Crisis and Tipping Points Towards Integration or Disintegration in the European Union and Canada
  • John-Erik Fossum, University of Oslo (via Skype), Representation and Democratic Legitimacy in Multilevel Systems: Comparing the European Union and Canada
  • Thomas Hueglin, Wilfred Laurier University, Sui Generis Governance or Federalist Model for the 21st Century?
  • Anne Racine, Québec Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité sociale, A Practitioner's Perspective
Discussion
10:30-10:50 am :: Break
10:50-12:30 pm :: Panel B

The Practice of Governance in Canada and the European Union

How do Multilevel Governance (in the EU) and Federalism (in Canada) actually work?

Chair: Evert Lindquist, University of Victoria

Presenters:

  • Finn Laursen, Dalhousie University, The EU and Social Policy: How much Federalism or Multilevel Governance?
  • Herman Bakvis, University of Victoria, Intergovernmental Governance: (Mis) Understanding Canadian Federalism
  • Michael O'Neill, Institute on Governance, Ottawa, Policy Alignment: a Study of the Public Governance
  • Heather Millar, University of Toronto, Accountability Frameworks and Multilevel Governance in Canada
  • André Juneau, Institute of Intergovernmental Relations, Queen's University Kingston, A Practitioner's Perspective
Discussion
12:30-1:30 pm :: Lunch
1:30-3:10 pm :: Panel C

Managing Shared Governance in Employment and Training Policy

Canadian and EU experiences

Chair:

Harvey Lazar, University of Victoria

Presenters:

  • Mariely López-Santana, George Mason University, Redesigning the Architecture of Active Welfare States in Western Europe and the United States: A Multilevel Framework
  • Robert Csehi, Central European University Budapest, The Changing Nature of Intergovernmental Relations in Labor Market Development - Cases for Collaborative Federalism in Canada and the EU?
  • Donna E. Wood, University of Victoria, Using European Governance Ideas to Open up Canadian Federalism: the Case of Labour Market Policy
  • Heather Dickson, Heather Dickson and Associates, A Practitioner's Perspective
Discussion
3:10-3:30 pm :: Break
3:30-5:00 pm :: Panel D

Managing Shared Governance in Post-secondary Education Policy

Canadian and EU experiences

Chair: Aaron Devor, Faculty of Graduate Studies, University of Victoria

Presenters:

  • Åse Gornitzka, University of Oslo, Building a 'Europe of Knowledge': Multilevel and Multimodal Governance in Higher Education
  • J. Peter Meekison, University of Victoria, Postsecondary Education in Canada: an Intergovernmental Anomaly
  • Mark Crawford, Athabasca University, Postsecondary Education and Multilevel Governance in Canada and the EU: Balancing Access, Mobility and Competitiveness
  • Thomas Townsend, University of Ottawa, Networked Governance in Complex Policy Spaces: a Practitioner's Reflection on the Open Method of Coordination
Discussion
5:00-6:00 pm :: Wine & Cheese Reception

October 15, 2011

8:00-8:30 am :: Coffee & Refreshments
8:30-10:05 am :: Panel E

Managing Shared Governance in Social Inclusion Policy

Canadian and EU experiences

Chair:

Kurt Huebner, University of British Columbia

Presenters:

  • Laura Cram, Strathclyde University, Scotland, The Changing Dynamics of EU Social Policy Governance: Who's Calling the Tune Now?
  • Julie Simmons, University of Guelph, The Role of Citizens in Developing and Implementing Canada's Intergovernmental Social Policy "Soft Law"
  • Carey Doberstein, University of Toronto, Homelessness Governance in Canada: OMC Principles in Action
  • Rachel LaForest, Queen's University, Kingston, Multilevel Governance in Canada : Digging Wells or Building Fences?
  • Sheila Regehr, National Council on Welfare, Ottawa, A Practitioner's Perspective
Discussion
10:05-10:25 am :: Break
10:25-12:00 pm :: Panel F

Managing Shared Governance in Social Inclusion Policy

Canadian and EU experiences

Chair:

Heidi Kiiwetinepinesiik Stark, University of Victoria

Presenters:

  • Leslie Seidle, Forum of Federations, Immigrant Integration Policies and Multilevel Governance in Federal States and the European Union
  • Keith Banting, Queen's University, Kingston, Transatlantic Fault Lines: Multiculturalism and Civic Integration in Canada and Europe
  • Joanne Heritz, McMaster University, A Comparison of the Inclusion of Indigenous Groups in Social Policy in Canada and Ireland
  • Bonita Beatty, University of Saskatchewan, Facilitating Community Engagement in First Nation Governance
  • Terrance Hunsley, Canadian Council on Social Development, An NGO National Commission: An Attempt by the Non-profit Sector in Canada to Govern Itself in Conjunction with Multiple Levels of Government
Discussion
12:00-1:00 pm :: Lunch
1:00-2:45 pm :: Panel G

The Courts as Arbiters of Multilevel Governance

Chair:

Martha O'Brien, University of Victoria

Presenters:

  • Dimitry Kochenov, University of Groningen, Netherlands, Being Proportional about Social Inclusion: the Dark Side of the Culture of Justification in the EU and Canada
  • Emmett Macfarlane, University of Victoria, Social Policy, Federalism Disputes and the Courts: Vancouver's Safe Injection Site as a Case Study in Canadian Multilevel Governance
  • Erika Arban, University of Ottawa, Subsidiarity in European and Canadian Law: a Comparative Perspective
  • Hester Lessard, University of Victoria, Local and Private Matters: Constitutional Jurisdiction and the Canadian Women's Movement
  • Jeremy Webber, University of Victoria, A Reflection on the Presentations
Discussion
2:45-3:30 pm :: Conclusion and Next Steps for Publication

Amy Verdun, University of Victoria