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Inequality and the Fading of Redistributive Politics

The redistributive state is fading in Canada. Government programs are no longer offsetting the growth in inequality generated by the market. In this book, leading political scientists, sociologists, and economists point to the failure of public policy to contain surging income inequality. A complex mix of forces has reshaped the politics of social policy, including global economic pressures, ideological change, shifts in the influence of business and labour, changes in the party system, and the decline of equality-seeking civil society organizations. This volume demonstrates that action and inaction – policy change and policy drift – are at the heart of growing inequality in Canada.

425 pages

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Inequality and the Fading of Redistributive Politics / Keith Banting and John Myles

Part 1: Politics

2 Historical Transformations of Canada’s Social Architecture: Institutions, Instruments, and Ideas / Jane Jenson

3 Drivers of Increasing Market Income Inequality: Structural Change and Policy / David A. Green and James Townsend

4 Business, Labour, and Redistributive Politics / William D. Coleman

5 Restructuring Civil Society: Muting the Politics of Redistribution / Susan D. Phillips

6 Public Opinion on Social Spending, 1980-2005 / Robert Andersen and Josh Curtis

7 Multicultural Diversity and Redistribution / Keith Banting, Stuart Soroka, and Edward Koning

8 The Party System, Elections, and Social Policy / Richard Johnston

9 The New Bureaucratic Politics of Redistribution / David A. Good

10 Territorial Politics and the New Politics of Redistribution / Gerard W. Boychuk

11 Quebec’s New Politics of Redistribution / Alain Noël

Part 2: Policy

12 Health Care Policy after Universality: Canada in Comparative Perspective / Carolyn Hughes Tuohy

13 Income Security for Seniors: System Maintenance and Policy Drift / John Myles

14 The Recent Evolution of Tax-Transfer Policies / Robin Boadway and Katherine Cuff

15 Childcare, New Social Risks, and the New Politics of Redistribution in Ontario / Rianne Mahon

16 Labour Market Income Transfers and Redistribution: National Themes and Provincial Variations / Rodney Haddow

Part 3: Conclusion

17 Canadian Social Futures: Concluding Reflections / Keith Banting and John Myles


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