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A Matter of Integration or Discrimination? Tracing the (Political) Use of Evidence in the Politics of Foreign Credential Recognition in Canada

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dc.contributor.advisor Koning, Edward
dc.contributor.author Rivas-Garrido, Camila
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-13T20:56:41Z
dc.date.available 2018-01-09T06:00:15Z
dc.date.copyright 2017-01
dc.date.created 2017-01-09
dc.date.issued 2017-01-13
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/10207
dc.description.abstract The problem of foreign credential recognition (FCR) in Canada has been widely researched by academics revealing three main explanations: admission policy, institutional complexities, and discrimination. While the problem of FCR has been documented in academia, little is known about government approaches to this issue. Using the literature on evidence-based policymaking as a theoretical basis, this research explores what evidence is used and how throughout the policy process addressing the problem of FCR. The main findings are fourfold. First, politicians are highly selective in their evidence use. Second, the range of evidence presented to politicians ultimately has little demonstrable impact on final policy decisions. Third, politicians add their own non-academic explanations for the problem of FCR to control its conceptualization. Fourth, politicians exhibit a political use of evidence in selecting only those supporting their original policy positions. Thus, this use of evidence reveals an interesting, yet hidden, exercise of power by politicians. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Foreign Credentials en_US
dc.subject Evidence-based policymaking en_US
dc.subject Skills utilization en_US
dc.subject Immigrants en_US
dc.subject discrimination en_US
dc.subject skills devaluation en_US
dc.subject admission policy en_US
dc.subject foreign credential recognition en_US
dc.subject policymaking en_US
dc.title A Matter of Integration or Discrimination? Tracing the (Political) Use of Evidence in the Politics of Foreign Credential Recognition in Canada en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Political Science en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Political Science en_US
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