The Emergence of Social Security in Canada

The Emergence of Social Security in Canada

Book - 1997
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This book analyzes the major influences shaping the Canadian welfarestate. A central trend in Canadian social security over most of thetwentieth century has been a shift from a 'residual' to an'institutional' concept. The residual approach, whichdominated until the Second World War, posited that the causes ofpoverty and joblessness were to be found within individuals and werebest remedied by personal initiative and reliance on the privatemarket. However, the dramatic changes brought about by the GreatDepression and the Second World War resulted in the rise of aninstitutional approach to social security. Poverty and joblessnessbegan to be viewed as the results of systemic failure, and the publicbegan to demand that governments take action to establish front-rankinstitutions guaranteeing a level of protection against the commonrisks to livelihood. Thus, the foundations of the Canadian welfarestate were established. The Emergence of Social Security inCanada is both an important historical resource and an engrossingtale in its own right, and it will be of great interest to anyoneconcerned about Canadian social policy.
Publisher: Vancouver : UBC Press, c1997.
Edition: 3rd ed.
ISBN: 9780774805513
Characteristics: xv, 390 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.


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