The Restructuring of the Canadian Welfare State: Ideology and Policy Baker, Maureen en_US 2021-11-25T12:34:32Z 2021-11-25T12:34:32Z 1997 en_US
dc.description.abstract Although many governments have used the ideology of economic rationalism to justify restructuring the welfare state, dismantling Canadian social programs has been motivated by far more than concern about high public debt. Federal/provincial politics and especially the fear that the Quebec separatist movement will shatter the Canadian federation have been primary motives in federal reform. Yet rather than focusing on the political necessity for reform, Canadian governments have used 'objective' economic arguments to gain acceptance for their policies. By using the discourse of economic rationalism and through careful timing of reforms, they have been able to make unpopular changes to the decision-making structures and programs. Although these reforms may now appear to be minor, it is argued that further restructuring will be hastened by several structural changes to the state and to funding arrangements. Underlying this discussion is the argument that basing a social policy almost exclusively on economic rationalism is unwise and dangerous from the point of view of social justice and equity. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 0733415598 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1447-8978 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries SPRC Discussion Paper en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.title The Restructuring of the Canadian Welfare State: Ideology and Policy en_US
dc.type Working Paper en
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unsw.identifier.doi Sydney en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofworkingpapernumber 77 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Baker, Maureen, McGill University en_US
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