Active now: public policy legitimacy and the emergence of Idle No More

Ramalho, Candice A. (2014) Active now: public policy legitimacy and the emergence of Idle No More. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Despite vast research on both policy reform and social movement emergence, their relationship is relatively understudied. This thesis helps to address this gap by using qualitative methodology to explore the relationship between a Canadian omnibus budget bill (Bill C-45) and the emergence of Idle No More movement (INM). Following Snow and Soule’s model of social movement emergence, Bill C-45 is identified as INM’s ‘mobilizing grievance’. In order to explain why, Bill C-45 is assessed against Wallner’s framework of policy legitimacy. Bill C-45—specifically its amendments to the Navigable Waters Protection Act and the Indian Act—is shown to lack substantive and procedural legitimacy. This legitimacy deficit provides an explanation for why the founders of INM deemed Bill C-45 serious enough to require grassroots mobilization. This thesis thus contributes to both public policy and social movement literature by explaining how INM’s emergence was the direct result of the questionable legitimacy of policy reforms.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 12418
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 151-175).
Keywords: Idle No More, Public Policy Legitimacy, Policy Reform, Social Movement Emergence, Environmental Policy, Mobilizing Grievance
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > School of Science and the Environment > Environmental Policy Institute
Date: October 2014
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Canada
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Budget--Law and legislation--Canada; Protest movements--Canada; Indians of North America--Canada--Government relations; Idle No More (Movement); Illegitimacy--Canada

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