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Political Science Social Services & Welfare

Changing Politics of Canadian Social Policy

by (author) Michael J. Prince & James J. Rice

Publisher
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Initial publish date
Mar 2000
Category
Social Services & Welfare
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780802080745
    Publish Date
    Mar 2000
    List Price
    $35.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780802042323
    Publish Date
    Mar 2000
    List Price
    $77.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781442690806
    Publish Date
    Mar 2000
    List Price
    $32.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781442687585
    Publish Date
    Mar 2000
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    $87.00

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Description

No one is content with the state of health and social programs in Canada today. The Right thinks that there is too much government involvement, and the Left thinks there is not enough. In Changing Politics of Canadian Social Policy James Rice and Michael Prince track the history of the welfare state from its establishment in the 1940s, through its development in the mid 1970s, to the period of deficit crisis and restraint that followed in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Taking a historical perspective, the authors grapple with the politics of social policy in the 1990s. Globalization and the concomitant corporate mobility affect government's ability to regulate the distribution of wealth, while the increasing diversity of the population puts increasingly complex demands on an already overstressed system.

Yet in the face of these constraints, the system still endures and is far from irrelevant. Some social programs have been dismantled, but the government has organized and maintained others. Greater democratization of welfare programs and social policy agencies could make the system thrive again. Changing Politics provides the much-needed groundwork for students and policy makers while also proposing real solutions for the future.

About the authors

Michael J. Prince holds the Lansdowne Chair in Social Policy at the University of Victoria and is co-author of Rules and Unruliness: Canadian Regulatory Democracy, Governance, Capitalism, and Welfarism.

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James J. Rice is an emeritus professor in the School of Social Work at McMaster University.

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