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Policy Analysis in Canada$
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Laurent Dobuzinskis and Michael Howlett

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447334910

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447334910.001.0001

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Policy analysis and advocacy in the Canadian labour movement: when the force of argument is not enough

Policy analysis and advocacy in the Canadian labour movement: when the force of argument is not enough

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(p.331) Sixteen Policy analysis and advocacy in the Canadian labour movement: when the force of argument is not enough
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Policy Analysis in Canada
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Bryan Evans

Stephanie Ross

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447334910.003.0016

As states in the early twentieth century established labour ministries to manage and mitigate class conflict, the question of whether and under what conditions the public policy perspectives of the working class and their trade unions could find a hearing within the state became significant. As the labour-capital compromises that characterized the political economy of post-1945 liberal democracies unravelled and the internal architecture of states transformed with the rise of neoliberalism, the labour movement’s policy influence has declined, even within institutions of social dialogue. While it remains strategically important for trade unions to engage in state-oriented policy analysis and advocacy, the force of argument, of good rational analysis, is insufficient in the current era. This exploration of trade unions’ resulting reorientation of their policy advocacy tactics and strategies suggests a creative process of engaging members and the public is underway.

Keywords:   policy advocacy, trade unions, policy analysis, state, labour ministries, policy engagement, social dialogue

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