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May 31, 2011 - Call for papers

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

The EUCE is pleased to announce the following call for papers: 

Both Canada and the European Union (EU) are complex multilevel governance systems where authority is dispersed between orders of government ─ local, regional, provincial, national and supra-national ─ as well as across spheres and sectors including markets and civil society. Although effective governance requires coordination across these multiple levels, little attention has been paid to how different political systems actually design,organize and operate their respective multilevel governance systems.

This conference brings together scholars, experts, practitioners and stakeholders interested in comparativefederalism and/or multilevel governance in order to compare Canadian and EUapproaches. Our focus is on governance arrangements in social policy ─ especially post-secondary education, employment and training, and social inclusion/exclusion/poverty. In Canada and the EU responsibility for these domains is shared between thecentre and their constituent units, as well as with non-governmental organizations and citizens. Yet in each there are different modes of governance and degrees of engagement.

We are interested in examining the following questions in order to draw out best practice lessons: What is the steering mode and what triggers action (money, benchmarking, policy diffusion, citizen mobility)? How does mutual learning across governments take place? Where does leadership come from and what roles do different actors at different levels play (politicians, civil servants, stakeholders)? What institutions and mechanisms facilitate engagement and how do these contribute to policy innovation and problem-solving? Who is accountable to whom and what role do citizens play? Has authority in policy-making been moved downwards or upwards? What are the patterns of mutual adjustment and how effective is overall coordination? How does shared governance impact outcomes in the policy domain?

We welcome conceptual and empirical papers from established and new scholars, doctoral candidates, experts, stakeholders and practitioners that address these questions. Proposals can focus on managing multilevel governance in social policy in either Canada or the EU, or can be explicitly comparative.

Interested participants should send an abstract of up to 250 words (that includes a title, name of presenter, institution/organization, and contact details), together with a brief bio or CV to Donna Wood at woodd@uvic.ca no later than June 15, 2011. All submissions will be acknowledged and notice of acceptance will be given by June 30, 2011. The working language for the conference is English. A selection of papers presented will be included in an edited volume ‘the IPAC Series in Public Management and Governance’ that the University of Toronto Press has identified an interest in publishing.

We are seeking additional funding to support accommodation and travel costs for presenters, but presently no commitment to financial support can be made to individuals whose proposals are accepted. However, please identify in your proposal if you are seeking financial assistance for travel.

This conference is sponsored by Dr. Amy Verdun, Jean Monnet Chair ad Personam at the University of Victoria (European Commission), the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), and the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue Strategic Knowledge Cluster, see their website at http://canada-europe-dialogue.ca/. More information can be found at http://web.uvic.ca/jmc/ or by contacting Donna Wood (woodd@uvic.ca) or Amy Verdun (averdun@uvic.ca) directly.


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