Governing the Social Dimension in Canadian Federalism and European Integration

Title
Governing the Social Dimension in Canadian Federalism and European Integration: A Comparative Policy Analysis
Speaker(s)
Speaker: Donna Wood # University of Victoria
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Date and Time
28th Feb 2013 17:00 - 28th Feb 2013 18:30
Location
Seminar Room 1, Chrystal Macmillan Building, 15a George Square
URL
http://www.cst.ed.ac.uk/events_at_the_centre/open_research_seminars/2012_2013/governing_the_social_dimension_in_canadian_federalism_and_european_integration

Canada and the European Union (EU) are complex multilevel systems where authority is dispersed between the centre and the constituent units, as well as across markets, communities and citizens. At the core of governance in each is intergovernmental bargaining. This presentation explicitly compares modes of governance in social policy in Canada and the EU, highlighting the different trajectories at play – especially over the past fifteen years − with Canada on a decentralizing bent and the EU moving in the opposite direction, building a pan-European dimension to social policy that did not previously exist. Comparing the two political systems provides significant insight for students of comparative federalism. There is much that we can learn from each other.