By James J. Rice
No one is content material with the country of future health and social courses in Canada this present day. the perfect thinks that there's an excessive amount of executive involvement, and the Left thinks there isn't adequate. In Changing Politics of Canadian Social Policy James Rice and Michael Prince song 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 past due Nineteen Seventies and 1980s.
Taking a ancient point of view, the authors grapple with the politics of social coverage within the Nineties. Globalization and the concomitant company mobility have an effect on government's skill to control the distribution of wealth, whereas the expanding variety of the inhabitants places more and more complicated calls for on an already overstressed process.
Yet within the face of those constraints, the process nonetheless endures and is way from beside the point. a few social courses were dismantled, however the govt has prepared and maintained others. higher democratization of welfare courses and social coverage organisations can make the procedure thrive back. Changing Politics offers the much-needed basis for college kids and coverage makers whereas additionally providing actual options for the future.
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In their place, postmodernist thinkers advance the idea of the heterogeneous public, emphasizing the particularities of ethnicity, race, gender, culture, age, religion, sexual orientation, ability, social class, and geography. ' The emergence in recent decades of new theoretical approaches to analysing society, the economy, and the state have challenged prevailing notions concerning scientific social knowledge, government planning, and the management of human affairs. Many of the new ways of thinking and theorizing about the welfare state hold a conflict model of society - stressing struggle, coercion, and oppression - rather than a consensus approach which suggests stability and unity over values.
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We claim that the changing politics of social policy are the result of tensions arising from the interplay between the globalization of the economy and the pluralization of society. The impact of this interplay can be seen in the restructuring of the welfare system, the changing ideas about the welfare state, the use of new policy instruments, and the changing institutions that have been created to deliver welfare services. We examine the implications of these changes on the fate of the Canadian welfare state and ask what will happen as we move into the next millennium.