Devolution in England: International Perspectives, Politics and Policy Ideas

Devolution in England: International Perspectives, Politics and Policy Ideas


19-21 June 2017

University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

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Monday 19 June 2017

From 1500       Arrival and check-in

1830                Informal dinner (for invited speakers and participants)

Tuesday 20 June 2017

0845 – 0915    Coffee and registration

0915 – 1045    Session 1. Federal Devolution in Theory and Practice (I): new concepts

Chair: Richard Sakwa (Kent)

Confirmed speakers: Thibaud Bodson (Free University Berlin); Feargal Cochrane (Kent);  Neophytos Loizides (Kent); Jane Wills (Queen Mary London)

1045 – 1115    Coffee

1115 – 1300    Session 2. Federal Devolution in Theory and Practice (II): examples from Canada,  Germany, Spain and Switzerland

Chair: Felix Knüpling (Forum of Federations)

Confirmed speakers: Rupak Chattopadhyay (Forum of Federations); César Colino (St Antony’s, Oxford & Open University, Spain); Paolo Dardanelli (Kent); Klaus Detterbeck (University of Göttingen); Willi Haag (Council of St. Gallen)

1300 – 1400    Lunch

1400 – 1530    Session 3. A new constitutional settlement for England in a more federal UK?

Chair: Adrian Pabst (Kent)

Confirmed speakers: Vernon Bogdanor (KCL); Patrick Cormack (Conservative Life Peer  [tbc]); Maurice Glasman (Labour Life Peer); Meg Russell (UCL)

1530 – 1600    Tea

1600 – 1800    Session 4. English devolution: advances and limits of city and metro mayors

Chair: Rupak Chattopadhyay (Forum of Federations)

Invited keynote speaker: Sadiq Khan (Mayor of London), to be confirmed

Invited panellists: Colin Copus (De Montford University); Jon Cruddas MP; Vivien   Lowndes (University of Birmingham); Andrew Percy MP (Minister for Northern Powerhouses) [all to be confirmed]

1800 – 1930    Free time

1930                Drinks, dinner and after-dinner speech

Invited speaker: Baroness Williams of Crosby

Wednesday 21 June 2017

0900 – 0930    Coffee

0930 – 1115    Session 5. New policy ideas for a devolved settlement in England: more mayors, stronger counties, or an English parliament?

Chair: Adrian Pabst (Kent)

Confirmed speakers: Phillip Blond (ResPublica; co-author of the report Devo Max Devo Manc); John Denham (University of Winchester); Nick Forbes (Leader of Newcastle City Council [Labour]), tbc; Gordon Oliver (Mayor of Torbay [Conservative]), tbc

1115 – 1145    Coffee

1145 – 1300    Session 6. Brexit and the consequences for devolved external affairs

Chair: Brendan Donnolly (Federal Trust)

Speaker: Richard Whitman (Kent), author of “Devolved External Affairs: The Impact of  Brexit”, research paper published by Chatham House

Invited discussants: Christopher Hill (University of Cambridge), tbc; Mathieu Mori  (Assembly of European Regions)

1300 – 1400    Lunch

1400 – 1530    Session 7. Panel debate: federal devolution in a comparative perspective

Chair: Neophytos Loizides (University of Kent)

Invited panellists: Jonathan Carr-West (LGiU); Clive Grace (Cardiff Business School)

1530 – 1600    Tea

1600 – 1800    Session 8. Panel conversation on the life and legacy of John Pinder

Chair: Terry Bishop (Chair, JMCT)

Confirmed panellists: Stanley Henig (Vice Chair, JMCT); Lucio Levi (University of  Turin); Angus Sladen (Honorary Treasurer, JMCT)