Universality and Social Policy in Canada

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Daniel Béland, Gregory P. Marchildon, Michael J. Prince
University of Toronto Press, May 31, 2019 - Canada - 256 pages

Bringing together top scholars in the field, Universality and Social Policy in Canada provides an overview of the universality principle in social welfare. The contributors survey the many contested meanings of universality in relation to specific social programs, the field of social policy, and the modern welfare state. The book argues that while universality is a core value undergirding certain areas of state intervention--most notably health care and education--the contributory principle of social insurance and the selectivity principle of income assistance are also highly significant precepts in practice.

 

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Contents

Understanding Universality
1
1 Placing Universality in Canadian Social Policy and Politics
17
2 Equalization and the Fiscal Foundation of Universality
31
3 The SingleTier Universality of Canadian Medicare
49
The First Universal Social Program in Canada
63
5 From Family Allowances to the Struggle for Universal Childcare in Canada
83
6 Universality and the Erosion of Old Age Security
103
The Universalism of Disability and Unevenness of Public Policy
121
Indigenous Peoples and the Limits of Universality
137
Differential Access to Social Programs and Societal Inclusion
155
10 Universality and Social Policy in the United Kingdom
179
11 Universal Social Policy in Sweden
195
Resiliencies Paradoxes and Lessons
211
Contributors
229
Index
233
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Daniel Béland is professor of political science and Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada at McGill University.

Gregory P. Marchildon is a professor and Ontario Research Chair in Health Policy and System Design at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto.

Michael J. Prince is the Lansdowne professor of Social Policy in the Faculty of Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria.

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