Event report - Constitutional Change in Canada and the UK: Challenges to Devolution and Federalism
Federalism in Canada and devolution in the United Kingdom both face emerging challenges. Questions exist over the right level of social solidarity and welfare. There are disputes over fiscal decentralisation and transfers. Policy issues cut across levels of government calling for new forms of intergovernmental co-operation. Party politics is reconfiguring at different levels. The courts play an increasing role in settling disputes between levels of government. There are questions of national recognition, as well as the place of Scotland and Quebec. This conference brought together scholars from Canada and Scotland for a comparative analysis of these questions and to discover what each country could learn from the other.