By William Boyce
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Extra resources for A Seat at the Table: Persons with Disabilities and Policy Making
In 20 A Seat at the Table contrast, IL advocacy organizations emphasized what they termed "consumer control," education and advocacy programs, government responsibility for program funding, and cross-disability representation or involvement of persons with a wide variety of disabilities (MacEachen 1993). During the International Year of Disabled Persons (1981) the federal government established the Parliamentary Special Committee on the Handicapped to prepare a series of reports entitled Obstacles (Canada Health and Welfare 1981).
But rather than signalling a desire for retreat from federalism as such, this form of alienation led to demands for greater inclusion in decision making about public policy. As a result of these three trends, according to Russell, Canada was by the mid-1970s engaged in a serious effort to redistribute power to the provinces. 5%. Provinces in Atlantic Canada were also concerned with increasing their involvement in federalism as well as with gaining more control over their natural resources (the fishing industry, offshore oil development).
Two social movement theories apply particularly to citizen participation in disability policy making: resource mobilization theory and new social movement theory. Resource mobilization theory proposes an economic analogy to explore the ability of specific social movements to acquire and use monetary and labour resources to facilitate organizational objectives (McCarthy and Zald 1987). The resource mobilization approach examines the variety of resources required, the linkages of organizations with their external supporters, and the creation of change in an organization by this resource dependency.
A Seat at the Table: Persons with Disabilities and Policy Making by William Boyce