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New Perspectives on the Public-Private Divide

This rich collection of essays explores how the public-private divide influences, challenges, and interacts with law and law reform. Through various case studies, the contributors reflect on this complex dichotomy’s role in structuring the socio-legal environment for the personal, social, economic, and governance relationships of citizens. They demonstrate that while the split between the public and the private is a useful way to understand the world, it is always only an ideological construct, and as such open to challenge.

200 pages

Legal Dimensions

Table of Contents

Introduction / Nathalie Des Rosiers

1 There’s Only One Worker: Toward the Legal Integration of Paid Employment and Unpaid Caregiving / Lisa Philipps

2 Private Needs and Public Space: Politics Poverty and Anti-Panhandling Bylaws in Canadian Cities / Damian Collins and Nicholas Blomley

3 Private Life: Biotechnology and the Public-Private Divide / Nathan Brett

4 Invasions of Publicity: Digital Networks and the Privatization of the Public Sphere / Darin Barney

5 Green Revolution or Greenwash? Voluntary Environmental Standards, Public Law, and Private Authority in Canada / Stepan Wood

6 The Emergence of Identity-Based Associations in Collective Bargaining Relations / Christian Brunelle



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