Privatization and Provincial Social Services in Canada: Policy, Administration, and Service Delivery

Privatization and Provincial Social Services in Canada: Policy, Administration, and Service Delivery

Privatization and Provincial Social Services in Canada: Policy, Administration, and Service Delivery

Privatization and Provincial Social Services in Canada: Policy, Administration, and Service Delivery

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Privatization of social services has been both heralded and decried as the most significant provincial social policy trend in the eighties. Case studies examine Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario, New Brunswick, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and the federal government.

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Privatization of social services has been both heralded and decried as the most significant provincial social policy trend in the eighties. While privatization advocates have aggressively advanced it as the solution to public social service fiscal, administrative and political dilemmas, its antagonists have as aggressively attacked it as an erosion of the principles of universality and equity in the social service delivery system. the debate has been fundamentally ideological, however, and there is little systematic or comparative information available on the scope or nature of federal or provincial policies with regard to privatization.

This polemical debate about privatization of social services in Canada stimulated the initiation of this project. It represents an effort to examine both the scope and significance of privatization of social services in the Canadian provinces. Given the limited amount of systematically comparative research available on provincial social policies and social services, a case study approach was adopted to bring forward as an initial overview provincial trends in privatization.

The objective of each case study is to identify provincial policies directly bearing upon the phenomenon of privatization and to examine their impact upon the provincial social service delivery system. the first chapter sets forward a general perspective on privatization from the available literature . . .

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