Welfare Hot Buttons: Women, Work, and Social Policy Reform
Welfare Hot Buttons provides one of the first comparative assessments of contemporary social policy change in three Western countries: Canada, the United States, and Great Britain. Sylvia Bashevkin probes the fate of single mothers on social assistance during the period when three "third way" political executives were in office – Bill Clinton (US), Jean Chrétien (Canada), and Tony Blair (Great Britain) – and argues that despite seemingly progressive campaign rhetoric, the social assistance policy realities under each of these three leaders were in crucial respects more punitive and restrictive than those of their neo-conservative predecessors in the 1980s.
Bashevkin addresses even more contentious issues in her study, including the question of whether Anglo-American welfare states are being eclipsed by what she views as newly emergent duty states. In her comparative approach and in her substantive analysis, Bashevkin makes an original and critical contribution to the existing body of literature on social policy.
- Series: Heritage
- World Rights
- Page Count: 197 pages
- Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.8in x 9.3in
Sylvia B. Bashevkin is a professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Canadian Studies Programme at the University of Toronto. She specializes in the areas of women and politics, public policy, and comparative politics.
PrizesHarold Adams Innis prize - Winner in 2004
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