A Historical Institutional Perspective on Public Policy and Employment Insurance in Rural Newfoundland

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Adam Vickers


Why does Employment Insurance play such a dominant role in rural Newfoundland communities? This article gives readers a brief overview of the history of public policy making in rural Newfoundland and Labrador and how it has contributed to the dependence of E.I. It looks at the Smallwood Era of development, a history of the fishery with regards to E.I development, and a brief overview of the failed decentralized decision making model for rural Newfoundland and Labrador during the 1990s. Using Historical Institutionalism the article shows how the evolution of the institution of employment insurance and how it transformed to become an income supplement program instead of its original purpose of an employment insurance program.

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Adam Vickers, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Adam Vickers is an alumnus of Memorial University. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Mathematics. He is currently working in Executive Council's Communications Branch with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. Adam plans on pursuing a career in law.