An Analytic Review of: “Regulating Flexibility: The Political Economy of Employment Standards”


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An Analytic Review of: Regulating Flexibility: The Political Economy of Employment Standards
This book, by York University researcher Mark Thomas (2009), is a case study of the Ontario labour market and an examination of its political economy with respect to employment standards. The author’s basic premise is that, given the evidence from Ontario, it can be argued that employment standards have long been poorly enforced. They are rife with both policy- and practice-based loopholes which support a neoliberal framework for social and economic development, and as such are not in the best interests of the general populace. These employment standards, according to Thomas (2009), allow for the continued polarization between rich and...
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.....ct, by imposing changes on people who will most likely never benefit. This is a more subtle iteration of many such historical rationalizations where businesses aim to build sustained competitive advantage through manipulation of workforce dynamics (e.g. slavery, child labour during the industrial revolution, etc.) rather than through technological or strategic gain. Reading this book has demonstrated to me that the provincial governments in this country have a role in helping businesses to shift their focus to a new, knowledge-based economy where the contributions of workers are valued in a more substantive way.
Thomas, M. (2009). Regulating Flexibility: The Political Economy of Employment Standards. Montreal: McGill-Queens Press.