Canadian federalism -- as a mode of political governance for a complex society facing multiple cleavages, economic, political, geographic, cultural, and national -- is facing enormous challenges. The pressures of globalization, the increasing economic and political integration between Canada and the United States, the impact of neo-liberalism on the Canadian state, the unequal distribution of resources and revenues, the ongoing demands of the Aboriginal Peoples and the Québec People, the growing demands for the democratization of our political institutions, are modifying the ways in which Canadians perceive federalism, the Canadian federation, and the complex process of intergovernmental relations.
The participants will analyze if and how these multiples challenges brought on by the evolving role of the state can be addressed successfully. Participants are invited to if Canadian federalism has entered a transition phase comparable to the one experience after WW II.
Conference organized by:
University of Ottawa Research Chair on Canadian Federalism and Constitutional Studies; the Federalism and Institutions Research Studies Laboratory (FIRSL) at the University of Ottawa; the Faculty of Law (Civil and Common Law Sections) &
the Organization for the History of Canada
23-25 October 2008
University of Ottawa
Introductory Plenary Session: Federal States and Governance in an Evolving World
I - Multinational Communities, Pluralism and the Role of the State in Federal Societies
II – Social Citizenship in a Neo-Liberal Era
III – Globalization: The Impact on Federal Governance
IV – Institutional Restructuring vis-à-vis a State in Transition
Abstracts for papers (20 minutes with 10 for discussion) should be submitted to the organizing committee ( email@example.com ) by February 29th, 2008. Abstracts should be sent as email attachments. Length should be between 200 and 300 words. Address and affiliation of author(s) to be included. It is intended to confirm acceptance of proposals by end March 2008. Papers are welcomed in either French or English.
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