Jobs with Inequality: Financialization, Post-Democracy, and Labour Market Deregulation in Canada

By John Peters

© 2022

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.

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  • Series: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 480 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
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Jobs with Inequality provides a novel political explanation of growing inequality in Canada today.

Jobs with Inequality: Financialization, Post-Democracy, and Labour Market Deregulation in Canada

By John Peters

© 2022

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.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • 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 Information

    John Peters is an associate professor of Labour Studies at Laurentian University.
  • Table of contents

    List of Figures and Tables
    Acknowledgements
    1. Introduction
    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
    Reference

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