Constitutional Change in Canada and the United Kingdom. Challenges to devolution and federalism

Date: 
Monday, September 14, 2015 to Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Location: 
Royal Society of Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Canadian federalism and British devolution face new challenges. There are questions over the right level for social solidarity and welfare. There are disputes about fiscal decentralization and transfers. Policy issues cut across the levels of government, calling for new forms of intergovernmental cooperation. Party politics is reconfiguring at different levels. The courts play an increasing role in settling disputes among levels of government. There are questions of national recognition and the place of Scotland and Quebec. The conference will bring together scholars from Canada and Scotland for a comparative analysis of these questions and what each country can learn from the other.