Social Policy in Canada by Ernie LightmanSocial Policy in Canada by Ernie Lightman

Social Policy in Canada

byErnie Lightman

Paperback | September 19, 2002

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Social Policy in Canada provides and important and timely examination of the past, present, and future of Canadian social policy. In particular, Lightman looks closely at how social benefits are allocated, and explains in detail the mechanisms and tools of income transfer and redistributionthat are central to all aspects of social policy. What makes the book unique is its central organizing premise: not merely that social policy should be understood in juxtaposition to economic policy, but that economic policy is in fact a subset of social policy. The result is a comprehensiveoverview of key issues in the realm of social policy that highlights commonalities and differences in such pivotal areas as privatization, user fees, and universality.
Ernie Lightman is a Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.
Title:Social Policy in CanadaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.4 inPublished:September 19, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195416481

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Table of Contents

List of TablesList of FiguresForewordPrefacePart I. IntroductionChapter 1. Setting the ContextIntroductionDistribution and RedistributionIncome Inequality in CanadaWealth and IncomeHalf a Century of Social Welfare in CanadaThe Macroeconomic Context: Keynes and AfterSupply-Side EconomicsThe International ContextLooking AheadNotesSuggested ReadingPart II. Approaches to Social PolicyChapter 2. Defining Social PolicyIntroductionA Look at Social Policy and Economic PolicyBuilding a Definition: 'Social' and 'Policy'Issues ArisingA Model of RedistributionNotesSuggested ReadingChapter 3. Social Policy and Economic MarketIntroductionLabelsResidualismThe Centrality of WorkOutside Residualism: The Institutional ApproachNotesSuggested ReadingPart III. Allocating BenefitsChapter 4. Allocting Benefits: Privatization, Commercialization, and Welfare PluralismIntroductionThe TermsThe Reasons to PrivatizeForms of PrivatizationIssues in PrivatizationThe Regulatory DilemmaWelfare PluralismSome Evidence of PrivatizationNotesSuggested ReadingChapter 5. Allocating Benefits: What?IntroductionTypes of BenefitsComparing Delivery ModesPaternalism: 'For Your Own Good'EffectivenessStigmaEfficiencyCapacity and Substitute Decision-MakersVouchersNotesSuggested ReadingChapter 6. Allocating Benefits: To Whom?IntroductionThe Universal/Selective DebateGuaranteed Annual Income (GAI)A Look at Government SpendingCash, In-Kind--Universal/SelectiveNotesSuggested ReadingPart IV. Generating ResourcesChapter 7. Paying Through TaxesIntroductionGoals of TaxationTwo Principles of TaxationTax Revenues in CanadaTax Reform in CanadaNotesSuggested ReadingChapter 8. Fees, Charges, and PremiumsIntroductionThe Simple Microeconomics of FeesThe Reasons Not To Impose FeesThe Reasons To Impose FeesSetting Fee LevelsPremiums and Social InsuranceNotesSuggested ReadingChapter 9. Volunteers, Charities, and GamblersIntroductionThe Voluntary Sector in CanadaThe Advantages of Using Volunteers and CharitiesThe Disadvantages of Using Volunteers and CharitiesCharities and the Income Tax SystemGamblingAdvantages of Gambling as a Revenue SourceDisadvantages of Gambling as a Revenue SourceNotesSuggested ReadingPart V. ConclusionChapter 10. Looking AheadIntroductionPolicy Means ChoiceA New Welfare Society?Looking GloballyNotesSuggested ReadingGlossaryBibliographyIndex