Public Lecture by Earl Fry
The presentation will first discuss the creation of a “paradiplomacy” research group within the International Studies Association, with the intent of developing monographs devoted to the theoretical framework, methodology, comparative analysis, and best practices of sub-state governments engaged in international relations. The next part of the presentation will focus on changes in the international system which have encouraged sub-state governments to expand their international outreach. The core of these changes would be the “triple combination” of globalization, unprecedented technology change, and Schumpeter’s “creative destruction.” The next section in the presentation will be a comparative analysis of the U.S. states, Canadian provinces, and Mexican states in North America, and Bavaria, Catalonia, Flanders, and Scotland in Europe. The final part of the presentation will pinpoint best practices and discuss how sub-state international relations may evolve in the future.
Earl Fry is Professor of Political Science and Endowed Professor of Canadian Studies at Brigham Young University. In 1995-96 Dr. Fry was Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto. During the 2011-2012 academic year he held the Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies at the U of Helsinki in Finland. His landmark book, Lament for America, was published in May 2010 by the University of Toronto Press. Among other things, Dr. Fry previously served as a Visiting Lecturer at the Sorbonne, Director of International Education and Canadian Studies at SUNY Plattsburgh, a Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellow, and Special Assistant in the Office of the United States Trade Representative.