Entries by Christian Tautphaeus

Are Canadian and EU Environmental Policies Converging?

By Inger Weibust CETD CAPSTONE Report: Canada and Europe Face 21st Century Policy Challenges: Convergence or Divergence? Political scientists are interested in policy convergence for its own sake: do countries’ policies tend to become more similar over time? If so, why? For environmental policy, particularly on climate, the question has practical urgency. To limit global […]

Social Policy: Divergence or Convergence between Canada and Europe?

By Jane Jenson CETD CAPSTONE Report: Canada and Europe Face 21st Century Policy Challenges: Convergence or Divergence? Over the last decade, much has changed in approaches to social policy in Canada and Europe. The drivers of these changes are alterations in the political coloration of governments, as well as a rethinking within policy communities as […]

Economic Cooperation in Difficult Times

by Kurt Hübner and Armand de Mestral CETD CAPSTONE Report: Canada and Europe Face 21st Century Policy Challenges: Convergence or Divergence? Political and Economic Relations The economic relationship between Canada and the European Union (EU) has undergone considerable evolution in recent years. This chapter examines the many changes that have taken place and the challenges […]

Social Policy Coordination in Multilevel Systems: The Canadian and European Comparison

By Amy Verdun CETD CAPSTONE Report: Canada and Europe Face 21st Century Policy Challenges: Convergence or Divergence? This chapter was written with input from Donna Wood and Arthur Benz. Parts of this chapter draw on work done by experts from the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue (CETD) Thematic Research Group (TRG) on Policy Coordination in Multilevel Systems, […]

Challenges of Democratic Participation and Legitimacy in Canada and Europe

By Joan DeBardeleben and Jon Pammett CETD CAPSTONE Report: Canada and Europe Face 21st Century Policy Challenges: Convergence or Divergence? Challenges of democratic participation in Canada and Europe At both the EU and member state levels, Europe has faced significant challenges establishing democratic legitimacy over the past decade. The institutions of government at the level […]

The Netherlands Vote – Expect the Unexpected, by Amy Verdun

By Amy Verdun, Jean Monnet Chair ad Personam at the University of Victoria As the Dutch voters get ready to vote in the General Elections on Wednesday 15 March in the Netherlands, there is more international attention to these elections than is usually the case. Why is that? In a year with many upcoming national […]

Political Party Fragmentation in the Netherlands, by Willem Maas

By Willem Maas, Glendon College at the York University Much has changed in the Netherlands since its last parliamentary elections in 2012 – but much more has changed elsewhere. The Arab Spring has turned into the Arab Winter, and the Syrian civil war has worsened dramatically, leading millions to seek refuge. Russia under Putin has […]

European Parliament CETA Ratification – Helped by Trump?, by Amy Verdun

By Amy Verdun, University of Victoria Today the European Parliament approved the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). There were 695 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) present of which 408 voted in favour, 254 against and 33 did not vote. It brings the completion of the ratification process another step closer. The agreement enables […]

CETA Approved by the European Parliament. What next?, by Patrick Leblond

By Patrick Leblond, University of Ottawa Today, the European Parliament approved the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with Canada. Once the Canadian parliament has had a chance to have its say on the agreement, which could happen in the coming weeks, CETA will come into effect sometime in the summer. However, only about 90-95% […]