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Political Science Economic Policy

Inequality and the Fading of Redistributive Politics

edited by Keith Banting & John Myles

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2013
Economic Policy, Civics & Citizenship, Social Services & Welfare
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    Sep 2013
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    Sep 2013
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    Jan 2014
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The redistributive state is fading in Canada. Government programs are no longer offsetting the growth in inequality generated by the market. In this book, leading political scientists, sociologists, and economists point to the failure of public policy to contain surging income inequality. A complex mix of forces has reshaped the politics of social policy, including global economic pressures, ideological change, shifts in the influence of business and labour, changes in the party system, and the decline of equality-seeking civil society organizations. This volume demonstrates that action and inaction – policy change and policy drift – are at the heart of growing inequality in Canada.

About the authors

Keith G. Banting is the Queen's Research Chair in Public Policy and a professor in the School of Policy Studies and the Department of Political Studies.

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John Myles is professor emeritus of sociology and senior fellow in the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto.

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