9780889118836

Precarious Values

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  • ISBN13:

    9780889118836

  • ISBN10:

    0889118833

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-04-01
  • Publisher: McGill Queens Univ Pr

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Summary

The global economy and technological changes have dramatically altered the nature of labour markets. In this context, sub-national governments play an increasingly important role in labour market policy. In Canada, for instance, provinces have extensive powers to help the unemployed and those on social assistance to move into the labour market. Precarious Values analyses the efforts of three Ontario governments in the 1980s and 1990s, led by three different political parties, to design organizations and policies to help the unemployed acquire vocational skills. Thomas Klassen focuses on the birth, life, and eventual decline of two sizeable organizations created to develop strategic labour market policy for the province. The first was a traditional government department, while the second was an ambitious agency that gave business and labour groups control of a budget of over half a billion dollars. Both organizations faced fundamental disagreements over the role of the state, as well as intergovernmental conflicts and animosity between stakeholders.

Author Biography

Thomas R. Klassen is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario.

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
ix
Foreword xi
Preface xiii
Acknowledgements xv
Acronyms xix
Introduction: Precarious Values and Labour Market Adjustment Policy
1(24)
The Rise of the Ministry of Skills Development: Turmoil and Opportunity
25(38)
The Fall of the Ministry of Skills Development: Unable to Deliver
63(28)
The Birth of the Ontario Training and Adjustment Board: Forging Consensus
91(26)
The Death of the Ontario Training and Adjustment Board: Incompatible Values
117(30)
Conclusions: Precarious Values and the Future
147(32)
Appendices:
A. Dramatis Personae
163(8)
B. Methodology
171(8)
Bibliography 179(16)
Index 195

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