Can We Afford to Pay for Social Programs?

John Smithin

Abstract


Focusing on the impact of debates about globalization within the Canadian context, John Smithin contends that the affordability of social programs is a spurious debate which should be replaced with discussion about the actual impact of the programs themselves. Smithin is arguing here for the integration of the economic and political in contemporary theorizing; appeals to technical limits on policy choices obscure the political nature of these choices and lead to unnecessary limitations on state sovereignty.

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Studies in Political Economy:
Online ISSN 1918-7033
Print ISSN 0707-8552