Jobs with Inequality: Financialization, Post-Democracy, and Labour Market Deregulation in Canada
Income inequality has skyrocketed in Canada over the past decades. The rich have become richer, while the average household income has deteriorated and job quality, plummeted. Common explanations for these trends point to globalization, technology, or other forces largely beyond our control. But as Jobs with Inequality shows, there is nothing inevitable about inequality.
Rather, runaway inequality is the result of politics and policies, and what governments have done to aid the rich and boost finance, and what has not done to uphold the interests of workers.
Drawing on new tax and income data, John Peters tells the story of how inequality is unfolding in Canada today by examining post-democracy, financialization, and labour market deregulation. Timely and novel, the book explains how and why business and government have rewritten the rules of the economy to the advantage of the few, and considers why progressive efforts to reverse these trends have so regularly run aground.
- Series: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
- World Rights
- Page Count: 480 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
Author InformationJohn Peters is an associate professor of Labour Studies at Laurentian University.
Table of contentsList of Figures and Tables
2. Bringing Finance and Post-Democracy into the Labour Market Inequality Debate
3. Tracing the Rise of Financialization in Canada
4. Canada in International Context
5. British Columbia: Neo-liberal Reform and Deregulation
6. Newfoundland and Labrador: Institutional Stasis During the Oil Boom
7. Ontario: Policy Drift in Canada’s Financial and Industrial Heartland
8. Conclusion: Rethinking the Political Economy of Inequality
Appendix A: Data Definitions and Sources
Appendix B: Interview Sources by Case
Appendix C: Methods and Research Design
Subjects and Courses