Is Belgium the bellwether for a decentralizing Europe? Don’t miss this fascinating discussion describing the traditions and transitions that over two thousand years have developed in Belgium in a sense of shared identity, common government, and a centralized nation-state - and then over a few recent decades paved the way for Flemish-Walloon schism that now threatens to break up Belgium. It responds to the question: Why does a government, unified for more than 600 years, no longer seem capable of holding together a linguistically divided country?
Samuel Humes lived in Belgium from 1984 till 2008, where he was most recently director of Boston University's Brussels campus. He is a graduate of Williams College (BA), the University of Pennsylvania (MGA), and Leiden University (Drs and PhD). His latest book is Managing the Multinational: Confronting the Global-Local Dilemma; earlier publications include The Structure of Local Government Throughout the World which has been described as a seminal work in its field. He resides in Williamstown, MA.
John M. Hyde is a member of the faculty and administration of Williams College, 1959 to present. Positions include terms as chair of History of Department and Dean of the College. Currently he is the Brown Professor of History, Emeritus. A graduate of Williams College, he received an MA from the University of Minnesota and a PhD from Harvard University. He presently resides in Williamstown.
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