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
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 176 pages
  • Illustrations: 3
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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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
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 176 pages
  • Illustrations: 3
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • 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