Continental drift in the legal profession : the struggle for collective bargaining by Nova Scotia's Crown prosecutors

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dc.contributor.advisor Haiven, Larry
dc.coverage.spatial Nova Scotia
dc.creator Campbell, Shelagh M. R. 2011-07-25T22:05:30Z 2011-07-25T22:05:30Z 2010
dc.identifier.other HD8005.2 C23 N83 2010
dc.description ix, 357 leaves : ill. ; 29 cm. en_CA
dc.description Includes abstract and appendices.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 328-345).
dc.description.abstract This dissertation explores the apparent contradiction between the independence and autonomy of an elite profession and the pursuit of collective bargaining. Crown prosecutors employed in the Canadian public service bureaucracy are full members of the legal profession and also form a clearly recognized group of subordinated employees. Their need for prosecutorial independence clashes with management control in the context of dependent employment. This study examines the implications of a changing workplace and a changing profession for professional workers' choices of collective action. A case study of the Nova Scotia Crown Attorneys' Association experience and its members' struggle for collective bargaining rights forms the basis of this research. The study probes the question of how prosecutors move between two distinct strategies of labour process control and examines the implications of collective bargaining for professionalization. The research findings identify the existence of an occupational community within the broader legal profession. The occupational community reflects the marginalization of Crown prosecutors within their profession. Using narrative analysis of prosecutors' own stories of their career and labour struggles, the research reveals how this occupational community reflects the specialization and fragmentation of the profession and supports a unique work ethic and sense of professionalism among Crown prosecutors. Mobilization of prosecutors to demand bargaining rights, otherwise forbidden by law, is achieved with the use of specific language around fairness. This language has meaning and power in both a professional context as well as in the world of dependent employment, organization policy, and management decision making. An ethos of fairness enables Crown prosecutors to reconcile two competing logics of collective action, and to reclaim the benefits of professionalization eroded through dependent employment. en_CA
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dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University en_CA
dc.subject.lcc HD8005.2.C23
dc.subject.lcsh Nova Scotia Crown Attorneys' Association
dc.subject.lcsh Public prosecutors -- Nova Scotia
dc.subject.lcsh Collective bargaining -- Professions -- Nova Scotia
dc.subject.lcsh Collective bargaining -- Government employees -- Nova Scotia
dc.title Continental drift in the legal profession : the struggle for collective bargaining by Nova Scotia's Crown prosecutors en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Management) Doctoral Management Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)
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