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Organized labour and the shifting landscape of local politics in Ontario

Document type Article
Author Savage, Larry
Journal Studies in Political Economy
Volume 93
Date 2014 05 26
ISSN 1918-7033
Pages 107-126


The shifting provincial-municipal landscape in Ontario, which has positioned local government as central to the neoliberal project, has created both strategic opportunities and risks for organized labour. This article explores how the provincial state has used downloading and neoliberal municipal restructuring to shift the balance of class forces in local politics and provides analytical context against which to examine organized labour’s attempts to pursue progressive policy outputs in this new environment.