Bureaucratic Manoeuvres: The Contested Administration of the Unemployed

By John Grundy

© 2019

In Bureaucratic Manoeuvres, John Grundy examines profound transformations in the governance of unemployment in Canada. While policy makers previously approached unemployment as a social and economic problem to be addressed through macroeconomic policies, recent labour market policy reforms have placed much more emphasis on the supposedly deficient employability of the unemployed themselves, a troubling shift that deserves close, critical attention.

Tracing a behind-the-scenes history of public employment services in Canada, Bureaucratic Manoeuvres shows just how difficult it has been for administrators and frontline staff to govern unemployment as a problem of individual employability. Drawing on untapped government records, it sheds much-needed light on internal bureaucratic struggles over the direction of labour market policy in Canada and makes a key contribution to Canadian political science, economics, public administration, and sociology.

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  • Series: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 184 pages
  • Illustrations: 3
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.7in x 9.3in
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This book traces the dramatic transformation of public employment services for the unemployed in Canada in the final decades of the twentieth century.

Bureaucratic Manoeuvres: The Contested Administration of the Unemployed

By John Grundy

© 2019

In Bureaucratic Manoeuvres, John Grundy examines profound transformations in the governance of unemployment in Canada. While policy makers previously approached unemployment as a social and economic problem to be addressed through macroeconomic policies, recent labour market policy reforms have placed much more emphasis on the supposedly deficient employability of the unemployed themselves, a troubling shift that deserves close, critical attention.

Tracing a behind-the-scenes history of public employment services in Canada, Bureaucratic Manoeuvres shows just how difficult it has been for administrators and frontline staff to govern unemployment as a problem of individual employability. Drawing on untapped government records, it sheds much-needed light on internal bureaucratic struggles over the direction of labour market policy in Canada and makes a key contribution to Canadian political science, economics, public administration, and sociology.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 184 pages
  • Illustrations: 3
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.7in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    "Bureaucratic Manoeuvres is an excellent piece of empirical scholarship. It is original and pushes discussions of employment insurance in new directions."


    Peter Graefe, Department of Political Science, McMaster University

    "Bureaucratic Manoeuvres is thorough and rich in material. Grundy’s primary archival research is unmatched by most scholars working in the field today."


    Michelle Brady, School of Social Science, University of Queensland
  • Author Information

    John Grundy is a research officer in the School of Arts, Media, Performance, and Design at York University.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction
    1. Conceptualizing the Limits of Activation Policy
    2. “More Than a Placement Service”: The Transient High Modernism of “Manpower” Planning, 1965–76
    3. Making and Unmaking Frontline Professionalism, 1977–90
    4. Within Reach of the “What Works Best Solution”: Evidence-Based Activation, 1994–2000
    5. Toward a Culture of Results, 1996–2000
    Conclusions
    Appendix A: List of Acronyms
    Appendix B: List of Interviews

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