University of Alberta Press

Book details

Publication date: November 2006
Features: Figures, tables, bibliography, index
Keywords: Social Policy;Social Work
Subject(s): POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Services & Welfare, Social Policy;Social Work, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy, Political Science, Social Sciences
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press

Shereen Ismael. Shereen Ismael is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at Carleton University.

"The book follows the intellectual history of the welfare state from its modern conceptual beginnings in Rousseau, Smith, Marx and Bentham through its wartime distillations in the works of Lord Beveridge and Leonard Marsh. It rests in the post-centennial struggles between the noble proponents of the welfare state and its market-obsessed enemies. Ismael does pull one rabbit out of the hat by ingeniously charting the ideological perspectives of liberal individualism, ethical liberalism and social democratic liberalism as they relate to the nature of society, human nature and the nature of child poverty. She helpfully circles back later to chart the same axes but with particular attention to welfare benefits." John Stapleton, Literary Review of Canada, April 2007


"This is an interesting book for anyone interested in social policy and the discourses that justify and support policy decisions. Focused on early childhood, Child Poverty and the Canadian Welfare State is also of interest to advocates for early childhood with her examination of the complex relationship between the social problem of child poverty and federal and provincial social policies." Enid Elliot, Policy and Practice in Education, Vol. 13, Nos 1,2, 2007

ISBNs: 9780888644619 978-0-88864-461-9 Title: child poverty and the canadian welfare state