Closed authors' workshop on governance in North America.
The purpose of this seminar is to invite specialists of the three countries to discuss and debate these transnational challenges existing in the region and to explore the need of moving public policy into new cross-border governance strategies. Participants are invited to assess whether there is a real need to change from the status-quo in an issue-area into more innovative architectures of regional governance, thus exploring the risk and constraints for making such a change. The workshop contemplates the presentation of proposals in five workshops. The first one shall assess whether North America is ready to promote a continental agenda in issue-areas other than trade and investment. The second one will attempt to make a theoretical reflection on the new configuration of trans-border regions in North America and the challenges that this implies for governance practices. The three remaining panels will discuss shared regional problems on the operational level, developing strategies to address migratory flows, border security and natural resources management.