Forum of Federations launches Occasional Paper Series

The Forum of Federations has launched the first book in its Occasional Paper Series, titled: Pension Reform in Canada: An Often Fractious Federation, by Bruce Little.

The aim of the occasional paper series is to offer readers informed federalism-related perspectives on timely policy issues, thereby facilitating mutual learning among practitioners of multi-level governance. In addition to discussions on emerging policy issues in federal governance, the series will include case studies which will highlight how multiple orders of government may interact in particular policy spheres.

Bruce Little’s paper is particularly timely in light of the recent recession that turned retirement pensions into an increasingly important issue globally, as concerns rise over both state-run and private pensions.

Even in Canada, which avoided the worst of the recent meltdown, Federal Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and his provincial counterparts recently met to plan how to gradually increase benefits paid by the Canada Pension Plan, and this to avoid a crisis for many pensioners who have not set enough aside for their retirements.

Mr. Little is a long-time journalist who wrote on economic issues and government finance for the Toronto Globe and Mail for 20 years.

Forum vice-president Rupak Chattopadhyay, who heads the organization’s governance programs, said “the establishment of this series provides the Forum with an important vehicle for documenting compelling issues in the practice of federalism in a timely and easily accessible fashion.”

The paper can be downloaded from the Forum’s website. For other of the Forum’s many publications see our publications page.

Other papers to soon be published in the series will deal with:

  • Foreign development policy of constituent units
  • Transition to cooperative federalism in South Africa
  • Transition to a decentralized political system in Spain
  • Transition to federalism in Ethiopia
  • The financial crisis and its impact on the U.S. and Canada

For more information please contact the general editors below.

Rupak Chattopadhyay
Vice-President,
Governance Programs
chattopadhyay@forumfed.org
Forum of Federations
700- 325 Dalhousie, Ottawa,
Ontario (Canada) K1N 7G2
tel. 613-244-3360,
fax 613-244-3372
www.forumfed.org
Roderick Macdonell
Senior Director,
Public Information and Education
macdonell@forumfed.org
Forum of Federations
700- 325 Dalhousie, Ottawa,
Ontario (Canada) K1N 7G2
tel. 613-244-3360,
fax 613-244-3372
www.forumfed.org
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