School of Policy Studies

School of Policy Studies
School of Policy Studies

Research Conferences

Occasional conferences hosted by the Queen’s School of Policy Studies bring together leading researchers and other analysts from multiple disciplines in the examination of a broad theme in domestic, comparative or international public policy.  The contributions of new and senior scholars to these programs are typically published in a single volume.


2016: New Frontiers in Public Policy

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Federalism and the Welfare State in a Multicultural World

This workshop will take stock of the social contract in Canada, focusing on three of its key dimensions: federalism, social policy, and multiculturalism. Each of these needs to be periodically updated, and the most recent federal election, in October 2015, indicates a public desire as well as the political will to renew the social contact.  Current realities render this re-examination timely, for the social contract is fraying. Introducing their volume on Inequality and the Fading of Redistributive Politics, Banting and Myles warn: Canadian “governments have not responded energetically to the evidence of growing inequality, and they have not modernized the policy architecture in light of new social risks confronting Canadian families. Action and inaction, sins of omission and sins of commission, have weakened the redistributive state” (2013: 3).

The core of the workshop will be 11 presentations by leading Canadian and international academics – senior and emerging scholars – focusing on three broad themes: federalism, the welfare state, and multiculturalism, as well as a series of structured discussions between academics and policy-makers on the links between academic research and public policy-making (see program below).  This structure has been selected in part as a reflection of Dr. Keith Banting’s distinguished contributions to scholarship and public debate, on the occasion of his retirement from the Queen’s School of Policy Studies and Department of Political Studies. While he is retiring, his core interests in understanding the forces that shape the social contract in Canada, and his commitment to linking academics and practitioners, remain as timely and relevant as ever.

The presenters showcase the domestic and international reach of Banting’s work, both in academic and policy circles, as well as his influential role in supervising and mentoring graduate students and emerging scholars. Post-conference, a volume of the papers will be published under the editorship of Elizabeth Goodyear-GrantRichard JohnstonWill Kymlicka, and John Myles.

 

 

2012: Thinking Outside the Box

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October 26-27, 2012
Dunning Hall, Queen's University 

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Thinking Outside the Box: A Conference in Celebration of Thomas J. Courchene

The School of Policy Studies at Queen’s University is pleased to announce a conference in honour of Tom Courchene at which we will celebrate his many contributions to Canadian public policy.  On the Friday evening (26 October) there will be banquet and ceremony chaired by David Dodge, the Chancellor of Queen’s University.

The  conference will explore a variety of themes on which Tom Courchene has worked, such as economic policy, social policy, federalism, aboriginal policy, and climate change. It will be held at Queen’s University in the Hand-Purvis Conference Room located at Dunning Hall, room 213.

On the Friday evening, October 26, there will be a banquet and ceremony to honour Tom. David Dodge, the Chancellor of Queen’s University, will serve as master of ceremonies for the evening. A number of colleagues who have worked closely with Tom over the years, at Queen’s and elsewhere, will offer tributes and, hopefully, some gentle roasting of our honouree.  

The banquet will take place at 7:00PM in the Islandview Ballroom in the Holiday Inn Kingston-Waterfront hotel, located at 2 Princess Street.  There will be a reception beforehand beginning at 6:00PM which will give guests the opportunity to catch up with Tom and other special guests.