Past event

Conference

Devolution in a Globalized World

Chatham House, London

Federated states, provinces, nations and regions play an increasing role not only in the organization of their own societies but on the international stage as well.

Focusing on the distinct experiences of Flanders, Catalonia and Quebec, three potential models for Scotland and Wales, this conference will address financial and fiscal arrangements and the growing world of paradiplomacy.

Organized in association with


  

 

  • Dr David Criekemans

    • Research Coordinator and Senior Researcher, European and Global Relations Flemish Centre for International Policy and
  • Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM

    • First Minister of Wales
  • Sam Hamad

    • Minister for Transport
  • Professor Michael Keating

    • Professor of Politics; Economics and Social Research Council Professorial Fellow
  • Professor Joep Konings

    • Full Professor of Economics
  • Dr Luk Van Langenhove

    • Director of the Comparative Regional Integration Studies Institute of the United Nations University, Bruges and
  • Dr Robin Niblett

    • Director
  • Professor Benoît Pelletier

    • Faculty of Law
  • Ben Thomson

    • Chairman
  • Alan Trench

    • Honorary Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, University College London and
  • Alex Vines OBE

    • Research Director, Regional and Security Studies; Head, Africa Programme

Organized in association with



10 March 2011

Session One
Financial and Fiscal Powers

  • Do sub-state entities have sufficient decisive influence over their own policy-making? How does this play into the politics of financial and fiscal power and the quest for more autonomy?
  • Redistribution and subsidization: who is paying for whom?
  • Are sub-state entities with devolved fiscal autonomy in a better position to weather the economic crisis?

Chair
Alan Trench
Honorary Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, University College London and
Author of 'Devolution Matters' blog

09.00 Opening remarks from Chair

Moderated Discussion

Moderator
Alan Trench
Honorary Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, University College London and
Author of 'Devolution Matters' blog

Speakers
Professor Benoit Pelletier
Faculty of Law
University of Ottawa

Professor Joep Konings
Full Professor of Economics
University of Leuven

Ben Thomson
Chairman
Reform Scotland

10.45 Refreshments

Session Two
Paradiplomacy

  • What issues are most successfully addressed by sub-state entities?
  • To what extent can international agreements involving sub-state entities be influential on the international scene?
  • How effective is the increasing engagement between sub-state entities and international organizations?
  • What are the constraints of paradiplomacy on sub-state entities?
  • Does paradiplomacy complement or rival traditional diplomacy?

Chair
Dr Robin Niblett
Director
Chatham House

Keynote Addresses

11.20
Rt Hon Carwyn Jones AM
First Minister of Wales

Sam Hamad
Minister for Transport
Quebec Government

Questions and Discussion

12.10 Moderated Discussion

Moderator
Alex Vines OBE
Research Director, Regional and Security Studies; Head, Africa Programme
Chatham House

Speakers
Professor Michael Keating
Professor of Politics; Economics and Social Research Council Professorial Fellow
University of Aberdeen

Dr Luk Van Langenhove
Director of the Comparative Regional Integration Studies Institute of the United Nations University, Bruges and
Representative of the Rector at UNESCO, Paris

Dr David Criekemans
Research Coordinator and Senior Researcher, European and Global Relations Flemish Centre for International Policy and
Assistant Professor, Belgian and Comparative Foreign Policy, University of Antwerp

1310 End of conference and lunch.

© The Royal Institute of International Affairs 2011