Partisanship, Globalization, and Canadian Labour Market Policy: Four Provinces in Comparative Perspective
Globalization is widely believed to have restricted the freedom of policy makers - many fear that the forces of a global economy prevent different political parties from making substantially distinctive policy choices. In Partisanship, Globalization, and Canadian Labour Market Policy, Rodney Haddow and Thomas Klassen explore this contentious issue by comparing labour market policy in Canada's most populous provinces, Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, and Alberta, between 1990 and 2003.
Using the most up-to-date theoretical approaches available, Haddow and Klassen examine industrial relations, workers' compensation, occupational health, employment standards, training, and social assistance, measuring the impact of partisanship and globalization on policy-making in these areas. They situate Canada in relation to recent international scholarship on the comparative political economy of developed democracies, and explore the role that institutions play in conditioning labour market policy.
Partisanship, Globalization, and Canadian Labour Market Policy will not only be of interest to experts working in the field of labour market policy, but also to students and teachers of comparative political economy, partisanship, and governance in Canada.
- Series: Studies in Comparative Political Economy and Public Policy
- World Rights
- Page Count: 384 pages
- Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.3in x 9.3in
Author InformationRodney Haddow is an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto.
Thomas R. Klassen is an associate proffessor in the department of Political Science at York University.
Table of contents
Part 1: Context
- Partisanship, Globalization, and Political-Economic Institutions in Labour Market Policy-Making
- Welfare State, Production Regime, and Party System in Four Canadian Provinces
- Historical and Federal Context of Canadian Labour Market Policy
Part 2: Case Studies
- Ontario: Policy Continuity amid Institutional Uncertainty
- Quebec: Legacies of Political-Economic Distinctiveness
- British Columbia: Right Hegemony in a Polarized Liberal Polity
- Alberta: One-Party Dominance and Neo-liberalism
- Social Assistance and Employment: An Anomaly?
Part 3: Reflection
- A Perspective from Abroad: Coordinative Institutions and Labour Market Reform in Germany
- Conclusion: Stepping Back and Looking Forward
Appendix: Criteria for Rating Labour Market Policy Change
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