Changing Politics of Canadian Social Policy by James J. Rice

By James J. Rice

No one is content material with the country of wellbeing and fitness and social courses in Canada this day. the perfect thinks that there's an excessive amount of govt involvement, and the Left thinks there's not sufficient. In Changing Politics of Canadian Social Policy James Rice and Michael Prince tune the historical past of the welfare country from its institution within the Nineteen Forties, via its improvement within the mid Nineteen Seventies, to the interval of deficit challenge and discretion that within the overdue Nineteen Seventies and 1980s.

Taking a old point of view, the authors grapple with the politics of social coverage within the Nineties. Globalization and the concomitant company mobility impact 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 procedure.

Yet within the face of those constraints, the process nonetheless endures and is much from beside the point. a few social courses were dismantled, however the executive has prepared and maintained others. higher democratization of welfare courses and social coverage corporations can make the method thrive back. Changing Politics presents the much-needed foundation for college kids and coverage makers whereas additionally offering actual recommendations for the future.

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Universities, hospitals, and social service workers, for example, are encouraged to think of students, patients, and clients as consumers. But, while citizens have rights and duties conferred by the state - and benefits that accrue from these rights - customers have only choices that are defined by their purchasing power. This change from citizen to customer has the potential of undermining the social fabric of the community. It undermines and encourages public institutions to abandon their social obligations.

We consider these issues in various ways in Chapters 4, 6, 7, and 8. ' According to the 1996 census, immigrants represent over 17 per cent of Canada's population, the largest share in over five decades. In addition, for the first time in the twentieth century the majority of immigrants to Canada now come from Asia and the Middle East. Growing shares of immigrants come also from Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Africa. The proportion of immigrants living in Canada who were born in Europe declined from 67 per cent in 1981 to 47 per cent in 1996.

We have become part of an international culture and international economy. This rapid flow means that issues spread instantly from country to country - ideas, new products, and medical discoveries travel at the speed of the Internet. Problem-solving social interventions used by one nation are soon on the political agendas of another. Positive and negative events travel at the same splitsecond pace. Remote famines and wars are part of the regular six o'clock news as the CBC, BBC, and CNN provide worldwide coverage of every conceivable topic, twenty-four hours a day.

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