Changing Politics of Canadian Social Policy by James J. Rice

By James J. Rice

No one is content material with the kingdom of future health and social courses in Canada this present day. the suitable thinks that there's an excessive amount of govt involvement, and the Left thinks there isn't sufficient. In Changing Politics of Canadian Social Policy James Rice and Michael Prince song the historical past of the welfare kingdom from its institution within the Forties, via its improvement within the mid Seventies, to the interval of deficit hindrance and discretion that within the overdue Seventies and 1980s.

Taking a historic standpoint, the authors grapple with the politics of social coverage within the Nineteen Nineties. Globalization and the concomitant company mobility have an effect on government's skill to manage the distribution of wealth, whereas the expanding range of the inhabitants places more and more advanced calls for on an already overstressed process.

Yet within the face of those constraints, the procedure nonetheless endures and is way from beside the point. a few social courses were dismantled, however the govt has geared up and maintained others. better democratization of welfare courses and social coverage firms can make the procedure thrive back. Changing Politics presents the much-needed basis for college students and coverage makers whereas additionally presenting actual recommendations for the future.

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These challenges to ways of thinking about economic and social issues closely connect to a fifth aspect of pluralism: the proliferation of interests within most public policy fields. More groups are forming and claiming a direct interest in public issues and programs, and expecting to participate in policy reviews and consultations. 'In the past two decades/ Canadian political scientist William Coleman (1991:204) has perceived, 'the number of interest groups representing all facets of social, cultural, and economic life has grown more rapidly than at any previous time in Canadian history.

The Old Age Pensions Act was passed in 1927. The four western provinces and Ontario quickly accepted the plan within a year or two, then it took nearly ten years until the. Maritime provinces and Quebec entered into the agreement (Bryden 1974). These four reforms represented a modernization of the concept of social assistance. Social assistance changed from the traditional private practices of poor relief by private charities, churches, and municipalities to a public responsibility addressed in legislation and administered by trained civil servants.

In response to the flexibility, immense power, and demands of corporations in the new global economy, governments attempt to court corporations by privatizing, deregulating, decentralizing, and downsizing public services, laws, and rights. As a result, governments give up some of their power to solve or even address social problems. Globalization has three effects on the politics of social policy: it undermines job security, it changes the relationship between a citizen and the state, and it limits government influence over the economy.

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