In a period characterized by growing social inequality, precarious work, the legacies of settler colonialism, and the emergence of new social movements, Change and Continuity presents innovative interdisciplinary research as a guide to understanding Canada's political economy and a contribution to progressive social change. Assessing the legacy of the Canadian political economy tradition – a broad body of social science research on power, inequality, and change in society – the essays in this volume offer insight into contemporary issues and chart new directions for future study. Chapters from both emerging and established scholars expand the boundaries of Canadian political economy research, seeking new understandings of the forces that shape society, the ensuing conflicts and contradictions, and the potential for social justice. Engaging with interconnected topics that include shifts in immigration policy, labour market restructuring, settler colonialism, the experiences of people with disabilities, and the revitalization of workers' movements, this collection builds upon and deepens critical analysis of Canadian society and considers its application to contexts beyond Canada. The latest in a series of related volumes on Canadian political economy, Change and Continuity explores the past, present, and potential futures of the discipline in a global context, offering insight into some of the most pressing issues of our time.
Mark P. Thomas is associate professor in the Department of Sociology, York University, and author of Regulating Flexibility: The Political Economy of Employment Standards.
Leah F. Vosko is professor of political science and Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Gender and Work at York University and author and editor of several books, including Precarious Employment: Understanding Labour Market Insecurity in Canada.
Carlo Fanelli is assistant professor and coordinator of work and labour studies in the Department of Social Science, York University, and co-editor, with Bryan M. Evans, of The Public Sector in an Age of Austerity: Perspectives from Canada's Provinces and Territories.
Olena Lyubchenko is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Politics at York University.