Fiscal Federalism and Equalization Policy in Canada: Political and Economic Dimensions

Fiscal Federalism and Equalization Policy in Canada: Political and Economic Dimensions

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By Daniel Béland, André Lecours, Gregory P. Marchildon, Haizhen Mou, and M. Rose Olfert
The Johnson-Shoyama Series on Public Policy
University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division © 2017
160 Pages
Paper
ISBN 9781442635418
Published Aug 2017
$29.95
Cloth
ISBN 9781442635425
Published Aug 2017
$66.00
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Fiscal Federalism and Equalization Policy in Canada aims to increase public understanding of equalization and fiscal federalism by providing a comparative and multidisciplinary perspective on the history, politics, and economics of equalization policy in Canada. The authors provide a brief history, an analysis of the politics of equalization as witnessed over the last fifteen years, and a discussion of key economic debates concerning the role of the program and its effects. They also explore the relationship between equalization and other components of fiscal federalism, particularly the Canada Health Transfer and the Canada Social Transfer. The result is an analysis that draws from the best scholarship available in the fields of economics, economic history, political science, political sociology, and public policy.

Daniel Béland is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Public Policy at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

André Lecours is Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa.

Gregory P. Marchildon is Professor and Ontario Research Chair in Health Policy and System Design at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto.

Haizhen Mou is Associate Professor at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

M. Rose Olfert is Professor Emerita at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
The Authors
Introduction

1. Equalization in Comparative and Historical Perspective
2. The Politics of Equalization
3. The Economics of Equalization
4. Equalization and the Federal Transfer System

Conclusion
Data Appendix
Index

Fiscal federalism is the unfinished business of Confederation. Understanding it is essential for national unity and the future of the country. There may be only seventeen people in Canada who understand it and five of them have written this valuable short book.

Mel Cappe, University of Toronto

The principle of interregional redistribution is central to Canadian conceptions of equity, yet a critical instrument of this redistribution— the equalization program—is poorly understood and subject to endless myth-making. This concise book helps unlock the mysteries.

Keith Banting, Queen's University