States and Markets: Sociology of Public Policy in Canada by Susan A. McdanielStates and Markets: Sociology of Public Policy in Canada by Susan A. Mcdaniel

States and Markets: Sociology of Public Policy in Canada

bySusan A. Mcdaniel, Seong-gee Um

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Series: a href=""Themes in Canadian Sociology/aThis concise yet comprehensive sociological overview of public policy in Canada explores a range of important issues - such as demographic shifts, globalization, changes in the economy and labour markets, taxation, and more - offering students an informed look at the forces shaping public policytoday.
Susan A. McDaniel is Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Global Population and Life Course, Prentice Research Chair in Global Population and Economy, and professor of sociology at the University of Lethbridge. She is a widely known expert with a long and active series of research programs in areas that relate directly to social and publi...
Title:States and Markets: Sociology of Public Policy in CanadaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.56 inPublished:March 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. A Sociological Look at Public PolicyIntroductionPublic Policy and Social PolicyCompeting Frameworks for Understanding Public Policy- Structural Functionalism- Marxism- Foucault- Political Economy- Theorizing StatesResidual State Policy: Filling in Bits Left by the MarketHuman Capital and the Investment StateRedistribution/RebalancingInclusion/Participation/Social Citizenship ModelsConceptualizing the Relations of Family/Market/State: A Shifting DanceConclusion2. Theories of Public PolicyIntroductionWhat Is Theory of Public Policy?Social/Political Economy of WelfareVarieties of Capitalism in Welfare StatesCapabilities TheoryTypes of Welfare StatesWelfare Pluralism and Welfare MixSocial and Market CitizenshipReturns of KeynesianismChallenges and Critiques of Welfare State TheoriesNew Policy ParadigmsConclusion3. Present Challenges: Shaped by the Past and the FutureIntroductionPolicy Actions and Inactions: How Both Shape the PresentHow We Got Here: A Brief HistoryWhat Is the Nature of the Relationship of Canadians to our Policy Architecture?What Is the Origin of Some of Our Most Important Policies?Why Did We Create a Post-World War II Network of Policies Known as the Welfare State?Why Did We Move Away from the Post-War Policy Nets?Where Are We Now?Challenges from Every DirectionConclusion: Where to Go From Here?4. Security Through Policy: What It Means to CanadiansIntroductionCanada's Tax and Transfer System: Who Pays and Who Benefits?Taxing Canadians under Fiscal FederalismFederal and Provincial ExpendituresIncome Security Programs in Canada- For Seniors- For Workers (and the Unemployed)- For Children (Families with Children)Canada in Comparative PerspectiveConclusion5. States and Markets: Dominant Forces of ChangeIntroductionGlobal Forces Driving Change: The Rise of Neo-liberalism and GlobalizationThe Transforming Canadian Welfare State: Shifting Roles of State and MarketTowards Less Government through Spending Cuts and Tax ReductionsRising Role of the Market: Privatization and Market-Based Solutions- Privatization of Social Programs: More for Less?- Privatizing Healthcare: The Increasing Role of For-Profit CorporationsPromoting Individual Responsibility through Labour Market Participation- Blaming the Poor for Being Poor: The Image of the Undeserving Poor- Workfare Programs for Canadians- Restructuring Employment Insurance for Unemployed CanadiansConclusion6. Equality, Inclusion, and Policy RetrenchmentIntroduction: A Sociological Look at InequalityInequality on the Rise in Canada- The Rich, The Poor, and the Rest of Us- Understanding Growing Economic Inequality in the Context of Policy Retrenchment- Understanding the Effectiveness of Public Policies on Reducing the Income InequalityRising Inequality in Accessing Social Goods: Who Are the Socially Excluded?Intergenerational Social Mobility: Is a "Canadian Dream" Still Valid?Conclusion7. Creating a New Policy AgendaIntroductionNew Policy Approaches- The Activation/Social Investment Approach- The New Politics of Policy- A Global Approach?Conclusion: Toward a New Policy AgendaGlossaryNotesReferencesIndex

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