Bureaucratic Manoeuvres: The Contested Administration of the Unemployed
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.
- Series: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
- Division: Scholarly Publishing
- World Rights
- Page Count: 176 pages
- Illustrations: 3
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
Author InformationJohn Grundy is a research officer in the School of Arts, Media, Performance, and Design at York University.
Table of contentsIntroduction
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
Appendix A: List of Acronyms
Appendix B: List of Interviews
Subjects and Courses