Federalism in Action: The Devolution of Canada’s Public Employment Service, 1995-2015

By Donna E. Wood

© 2018

Every developed country has a public employment service that connects job seekers with employers through information, placement, and training support services. In Federalism in Action, Donna E. Wood assesses how Canada’s public employment service is performing after responsibility was transferred from the federal government to provinces, territories, and Aboriginal organizations between 1995 and 2015.

Drawing upon over twenty years of data, Wood reveals the governance choices provinces made, the reasons behind these choices, and the outcomes they achieved. Provincial decisions regarding employment programming is an important public policy issue about which little is known, and even less understood within the context of Aboriginal communities. Federalism in Action includes analytical comparisons of Canada’s employment programming with the United States, Australia, and the European Union, as well as information from insightful interviews with key informants from every province. In firmly placing Canada within the extensive international literature on the governance of welfare-to-work policies, this book makes an important new contribution to research.

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  • Series: IPAC Series in Public Management and Governance
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.3in
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Federalism in Action assesses how Canada’s public employment service is performing after responsibility was transferred from the federal government to provinces, territories, and Aboriginal organizations between 1995 and 2015.

Federalism in Action: The Devolution of Canada’s Public Employment Service, 1995-2015

By Donna E. Wood

© 2018

Every developed country has a public employment service that connects job seekers with employers through information, placement, and training support services. In Federalism in Action, Donna E. Wood assesses how Canada’s public employment service is performing after responsibility was transferred from the federal government to provinces, territories, and Aboriginal organizations between 1995 and 2015.

Drawing upon over twenty years of data, Wood reveals the governance choices provinces made, the reasons behind these choices, and the outcomes they achieved. Provincial decisions regarding employment programming is an important public policy issue about which little is known, and even less understood within the context of Aboriginal communities. Federalism in Action includes analytical comparisons of Canada’s employment programming with the United States, Australia, and the European Union, as well as information from insightful interviews with key informants from every province. In firmly placing Canada within the extensive international literature on the governance of welfare-to-work policies, this book makes an important new contribution to research.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: IPAC Series in Public Management and Governance
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 432 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    "Donna E. Wood presents a comprehensive, accurate, and reliable account of public employment services across the country, including all provinces, Aboriginal governance, as well as direct federal interventions and services. Wood has produced ‘the book’ about public employment services in Canada."


    Alain Noël, Département de science politique, Université de Montréal

    "Well laid out and strongly crafted, Federalism in Action makes a significant contribution to our understanding of labour market programming and will be of interest to a wide range of scholars in the fields of public administration, public policy, Canadian politics, and also comparative politics."


    Mario Levesque, Department of Politics and International Relations, Mount Allison University
  • Author Information

    Donna E. Wood is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria.
  • Table of contents

    List of abbreviations
    List of figures and tables
    Foreword
    Preface
    1. Introduction
    2. Historical Developments and Devolution Parameters
    3. Using the Federalism and Activation Literature
    4. The Far West: Alberta and British Columbia
    5. The Midwest: Saskatchewan and Manitoba
    6. The Middle: Quebec and Ontario
    7. The East: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador
    8. Aboriginal Employment Programs
    9. The Federal Role Post-Devolution
    10. Comparing with Australia, the United States, and the European Union
    11. Conclusion
    References
    List of appendices

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