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John Kincaid, Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Professor of Government and Public Service, spoke about issues revolving around the U.S. government this month at three forums in Germany and Spain.


John Kincaid

He participated in the International Roundtable on Political Parties and Civil Society in Federal Countries held at the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Berlin, Germany. The roundtable was the ninth event in the Global Dialogue on Federalism co-sponsored by the Forum of Federations and the International Association of Federal Studies.

He spoke on the “U.S. Senate as a Guarantor of Territorial Pluralism” at an international seminar held at the Center for Political and Constitutional Studies in Madrid, Spain. The seminar was co-sponsored by the Forum of Federations and the Manuel Giménez Abad Foundation.

Kincaid also spoke on “Health Care Reform and the States in the United States” at a forum on “Decentralization of Health Care in Federations: Recent Trends and Lessons from Spain.” The forum was co-sponsored by the Cortes de Aragon and held at the Palacio de la Aljaferia in Zaragoza, Spain.

An internationally recognized expert, Kincaid has lectured and consulted on issues of federalism, intergovernmental relations, constitutionalism, and regional and local governance in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, India, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Maldives, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. Kincaid served as executive director of the bipartisan U.S. Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations in Washington, D.C., from 1987-94.

He is the author of various works on federalism and intergovernmental relations and served from 1981-2005 as editor of Publius: The Journal of Federalism, a quarterly scholarly journal with a worldwide readership. He serves as senior editor of the Global Dialogue on Federalism series, which is published by McGill-Queen’s University Press. Seven books have been published in the series. His books include Constitutional Origins, Structure, and Change in Federal Countries (2005), The Covenant Connection: From Federal Theology to Modern Federalism (2000), Competition among States and Local Governments: Efficiency and Equity in American Federalism (1991), and Political Culture, Public Policy and the AmericanStates (1981).

Kincaid is also the director of Lafayette’s Robert B. and Helen S. Meyner Center for the Study of State and Local Government.

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