The constitutional differences between federal Canada and unitary Britain used to appear to be clear. However in recent times the Canadian federal system has become increasingly fluid and Britain has embarked on the path of devolution to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. In The Dynamics of Decentralization the authors discuss and evaluate the questions raised by these issues.
Are political and socio-economic issues handled in a radically different manner in a federal Canada than a devolved Britain? To what extent in both states have administrative arrangements and developments in public policy begun to by-pass constitutional forms and debates? Are the real loci of power in each better identified by 'following the money' than by constitutional and legal provisions? If the arrangements between the state capitals and the constituent parts of Canada and Britain are becoming more ad hoc, individual and varied, what problems does this pose for the continuing cohesion of their systems? In The Dynamics of Decentralization leading Canadian and British authorities, practitioners and academics, plot their way through these minefields and offer insight into the current stage of development.
Contributors include Claude E. Forget (C.E.F. Ganish Corporation), Jane Jenson (Université de Montréal), Harvey Lazar (Queen's University), Kenneth Morgan (University of Wales), Sir George Quigley (Bombardier Aerospace), Richard Simeon (University of Toronto), Shorts Hugh Segal (Institute for Research in Public Policy), and Peter Stoyko (Queen's University).