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Title: Labour policy in microstates
Authors: Baldacchino, Godfrey
Keywords: States, Small -- Economic conditions
Labor market -- States, Small
Labor policy -- States, Small
Issue Date: 1994-09
Publisher: Bulletin of Eastern Caribbean Affairs
Citation: Baldacchino, G. (1994). Labour policy in microstates. Bulletin of Eastern Caribbean Affairs, Vol.19, p. 44-52
Abstract: This paper argues for the richness and relevance of conceptualizing policy making in developing micro-states as the management of, and by, a crew in a drifting vessel. "This elegant analogy adequately portrays the reactive nature of policy-making, the randomness of issues, and the consequential uncertainty as to strategies and outcomes, while also allowing policy-makers some limited discretion, and requiring a generous (perhaps idiosyncratic) measure of competence in directing the ship of state" . A discussion on the usefulness of the metaphor follows in the context of labour policy, its formulation, deployment and contestation in practice.
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