June 12 – 13, 2014

“Variety and Dynamics of Multilevel Governance in Canada and Europe”

presented by

TU Darmstadt, Institute of Political Science


Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue, Center for European Studies, Carleton University Ottawa*

in cooperation with

Themengruppe “Föderalismus” of the German Political Science Association (DVPW)

Location: TU Darmstadt, Rundeturmstraße, S 3/20 Room 18

The Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue is housed at Carleton University in Ottawa and is funded in part by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada under it strategic knowledge clusters program.

Aim of the Conference

Multilevel governance has become a widely used and overarching concept to study political processes that cut across the territorial boundaries of the state. The concept has been applied in studies of federal and regionalized nation-states, of European politics and policy-making, and of international relations. It refers to processes of structural change caused by a partial shift of powers from the national to the European/international level, on the one hand, and/or to the regional or local level, on the other. In addition, the concept has also been used to describe patterns of coordination and policy-making across these various levels of governance. Empirical research has uncovered a wide variety of patterns of multilevel governance under the rubric of concepts such as network governance, subsidiarity, inter-governmentalism, open method of coordination, and different varieties of federalism and confederalism.

The conference aims at taking stock of the existing variety in patterns or modes of multilevel governance and at discussing their effects on policy transformation and structural change. Based on comparative case studies or theoretical papers, the conference seeks to advance the conceptual understanding of multilevel governance, as well as of its causes and effects. Specifically, the conference will focus on analyses relating to Canada and Europe (including their external relations), and thus will serve to extend the application of the concept beyond the field of EU studies, where it originated and is most often applied.


Thursday, 12 June

13 00 Introduction

Arthur Benz and Joan DeBardeleben

13.15 – 14.45  Part I: Varieties of Multilevel Governance

Jörg Broschek (Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo)
“Instances of Multilevel Politics: Canada and Europe in Comparative Perspective”

Inger Weibust (Carleton University, Ottawa)
“Explaining Variations in Multilevel Governance Arrangements in Water Supply”

Discussant: Achim Hurrelmann (Carleton University, Ottawa)

14.45 – 15.00 Coffee break


Nathalie Behnke (University of Konstanz)
“Organized Consensus: Bureaucratic Coordination of Prime Ministers’ Conferences and Bundesrat Sessions”

Julie Simmons (University of Guelph)
“Accountability to Citizens? Multilevel Social Policy Governance in Canada and the EU”

Discussant: Jared Sonnicksen (TU Darmstadt)

16.30 – 16.45 Coffee break


Grace Skogstad (University of Toronto)
“Comparing Multi-Level Governance Systems in Terms of their Temporal Constitutions: The EU and Canada Compared”

Miriam Hartlapp (University of Bremen)
“Combining the EU Commission’s powers and administration’s advantage of acting from a long-term perspective”

Discussant: Klaus H. Goetz (University of Munich)

19.30 Dinner

Friday, 13 June

9.00- 10.30  Part II: Policy Change in Multilevel Governance

Adrienne Héritier (EUI Florence), Yannis Karagiannis (IBEI Barcelona)
“Policy innovation through interregional contracts”

Zdenek Kudrna, Patrick Müller (University of Vienna)
“Global exit from the EU’s decision trap: finance and agriculture compared”

Discussant: Björn Egner (TU Darmstadt)

10.30-10.45 Break

10.45-12.15  Part III: Transformation of Governance in Multilevel Settings

Achim Hurrelmann, Sebastian Baglioni (Carleton University, Ottawa)
“Multilevel Democracy in the EU and its Transformation in the Financial Crisis”

Michèle Knodt (Technische Universität, Darmstadt)
“Transformation of Multilevel Governance in EU External Energy Policy“

Discussant: Sabine Kropp (Free University of Berlin)

12.15 – 13.45 Lunch

13.45 – 15.15

Herman Bakvis (University of Victoria)
“Changing Intergovernmental Governance in Canada in the Era of ‘Open Federalism’”

Ingeborg Tömmel (University of Osnabrück)
“EU governance of governance: Flexibly steering through stable institutions”

Discussant: Jörg Broschek (Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo)

15.15 – 15.30 Coffee break

15.30  Discussion and Conclusion

Joan DeBardeleben and Arthur Benz

About 17.00 end of conference

For further information to attend the conference, please send an email to:

Professsor Joan DeBardeleben, Director, Centre for European Studies

For information about Democracy and Multilevel Thematic Group with the Canada-Europe Transatlantic Dialogue, please click here.