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

Social Policy in Canada

byErnie Lightman, Naomi Lightman

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Social Policy in Canada is an important and timely examination of the past, present, and future of Canadian social policy. Organized around the premise that economic policy is a subset of social policy, this fully revised second edition provides a detailed exploration of how social benefitsare allocated and explains the mechanisms and tools of income transfer and redistribution that are central to all aspects of social policy.
Ernie Lightman is an emeritus professor in the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. His scholarly research includes nearly a hundred refereed academic publications in a wide range of journals and reports as well as the first edition of Social Policy in Canada (OUP, 2003). Through the years, he has comme...
Title:Social Policy in CanadaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9 × 7 × 0.77 inPublished:March 13, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Note: Each chapter includes:- Introduction- Chapter objectives- Case studies- Looking Ahead conclusion- Discussion questions- Suggested resources- NotesPart One: Introduction1. Setting the ContextThe Origins of Canada's Welfare StateDistribution and RedistributionA Model of RedistributionThe Problems with InequalityThe Redistributive Cycle in Practice: Income Inequality in CanadaTaxes, Transfers, and Family TypesGini CoefficientsWealth and IncomePart Two: Approaches to Social Policy2. The Rise and Decline of the Welfare State in Canada NEWWhy Did We Build Our Welfare State?Why Did We Shrink Our Welfare State?Towards a Balanced Budget and BeyondPost-9/11: The Warfare StateThe End of Altruism and Changing Values in Canada?The Role of the MediaFederalism and Social Services in CanadaIndigenous Inequality in Canada3. Defining Social PolicyDefining Social PolicyA Look at Social Policy and Economic PolicyBuilding a Definition: "Social" and "Policy"Social Policy and Economic PolicyIssues ArisingRedistribution and Social Policy: The Goals4. Social Policy and the Economic MarketLabelsNeo-liberalismThe Economic Market in Social Policy: The "Best" Way to ProvideLevel 1: The IndividualLevel 2: The FamilyLevel 3: The Voluntary Sector/Communities/Faith GroupsLevel 4: The StateOutside Neo-liberalismPart Three: Allocating Benefits5. Allocating Benefits: Privatization, Commercialization, and Alternate Service DeliveryTerminologyThe Reasons to PrivatizeForms of PrivitizationIssues in PrivatizationThe Regulatory DilemmaWelfare PluralismFinal Thoughts on Privatization6. Allocating Benefits: What?Food BanksCash and In-Kind BenefitsComparing Delivery ModesPaternalism: "For Your Own Good"EffectivenessEfficiencyCapacity and Substitute Decision-MakersVouchers7. Allocating Benefits: To Whom?The Universal/Selective DebateBasic IncomeA Look at Government SpendingCash, In-Kind; Universal/SelectivePart Four: Generating Resources8. Paying Through TaxesGoals of TaxationTwo Principles of TaxationTax Revenues in CanadaPersonal Income TaxesDeductions, Exemptions, and CreditsTax Expenditures in CanadaThe Alternative Federal Budget9. Fees, Charges, and PremiumsThe Simple Microeconomics of FeesThe Reasons to Not Impose FeesThe Reasons to Impose FeesSetting Fee LevelsPremiums and Social Insurance10. Volunteers, Charities, and GamblersThe 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 SourcePart Five: Looking Ahead11. Globalization NEWHistorical PerspectiveThe Financial Crisis of 2008The Retraction against GlobalizationThink Globally, Act LocallyEnvironmental ActivismGlobalization and Migration: Freedom of Capital, Not PersonsTransnational Social Work12. On to the FutureA Return to Keynes?Policy Means Choice: Four ScenariosA New Welfare Society?Final ThoughtsAppendix 1: Comparative Data: How Does Canada Fare? NEWAppendix 2: An Introduction to CANSIM BNEWAppendix 3: Using CANSIM to Find and Analyze Data from the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey NEWGlossaryBibliographyIndex

Editorial Reviews

"With this revision, Social Policy in Canada provides up-to-date coverage of key issues relevant to social policy formation, as well as policy responses and challenges. The book also provides a good background of historical circumstances and ideologies as well as the economic context withinwhich Canadian social policy can be understood." --Peter Gabor, University of Calgary