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Béland, Daniel

Works: 65 works in 260 publications in 2 languages and 11,675 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Case studies  Terminology  Academic theses 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other
Classifications: HD7125, 368.4300973
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Most widely held works by Daniel Béland
The politics of policy change : welfare, medicare, and social security reform in the United States by Daniel Béland( )

9 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,864 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Overview: For generations, debating the expansion or contraction of the American welfare state has produced some of the nation's most heated legislative battles. Attempting social policy reform is both risky and complicated, especially when it involves dealing with powerful vested interests, sharp ideological disagreements, and a nervous public. The Politics of Policy Change compares and contrasts recent developments in three major federal policy areas in the United States: welfare, Medicare, and Social Security. Daniel Beland and Alex Waddan argue that we should pay close attention to the role of ideas when explaining the motivations for, and obstacles to, policy change. This insightful book concentrates on three cases of social policy reform (or attempted reform) that took place during the presidencies of Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Beland and Waddan further employ their framework to help explain the meaning of the 2010 health insurance reform and other developments that have taken place during the Obama presidency. The result is a book that will improve our understanding of the politics of policy change in contemporary federal politics
Ideas and politics in social science research( )

20 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 1,495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Writing about ideas, John Maynard Keynes noted that they are "more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else." One would expect, therefore, that political science-a discipline that focuses specifically on the nature of power-would have a healthy respect for the role of ideas. However, for a variety of reasons-not least of which is the influence of rational choice theory, which presumes that individuals are self-maximizing rational actors--this is not the case, and the literature on the topic is fairly thin. As the stellar cast of contributors to this volume show, ideas are in fact powerful shapers of political and social life. In Ideas and Politics in Social Science Research, Daniel Beland and Robert Henry Cox have gathered leading scholars from a variety of subdisciplines in political science and sociology to provide a general overview of the theoretical, empirical, and methodological issues raised by social science research on ideas and politics. Throughout, they hone in on three central questions. What is the theoretical basis for studying ideas in politics? What are the best methods? What sort of empirical puzzles can be solved by examining ideas and related phenomena such as discourse, policy paradigms, and framing processes? In sum, this is a state-of-the-art academic work on both the role of ideas in politics and the analytical utility that derives from studying them
Social security : history and politics from the New Deal to the privatization debate by Daniel Béland( Book )

10 editions published between 2005 and 2007 in English and held by 1,070 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Covering six decades through the beginning of the current century, Beland chronicles how Social Security and the controversy surrounding its solvency have evolved, offering along the way new insights into its past, present, and future. His balanced perspective will help readers understand and evaluate partisan arguments on both sides of the issue. Beland reconstructs the political history of Social Security, describes the impact of subsequent amendments to the original act, and offers comparative insights from other countries that can improve our understanding of the debate. He focuses particularly on the relationship between ideas and institutions in policymaking to examine the impact of gender and race on Social Security politics; and he shows that gender has had a more direct impact on Social Security development - especially regarding spousal benefits - and is more important in understanding the politics of reform than has often been understood." "Beland's work provides concerned citizens with an exploration of how the politics of Social Security evolved, while offering scholars new theoretical insights about the welfare state and the role of ideas and institutions in policymaking."--Jacket
The Oxford handbook of U.S. social policy by Daniel Béland( )

16 editions published between 2014 and 2018 in English and held by 934 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The American welfare state has long been a source of political contention and academic debate. This Oxford Handbook pulls together much of our current knowledge about the origins, development, functions, and challenges of American social policy. After the Introduction, the first substantive part of the handbook offers an historical overview of U.S. social policy from the colonial era to the present. This is followed by a set of chapters on different theoretical perspectives available for understanding and explaining the development of U.S. social policy. The three following parts of the volume focus on concrete social programs for the elderly, the poor and near-poor, the disabled, and workers and families. Policy areas covered include health care, pensions, food assistance, housing, unemployment benefits, disability benefits, workers' compensation, family support, and programs for soldiers and veterans. The final part of the book focuses on some of the consequences of the U.S. welfare state for poverty, inequality, and citizenship. Many of the chapters comprising this handbook emphasize the disjointed patterns of policy making inherent to U.S. policymaking and the public-private mix of social provision in which the government helps certain groups of citizens directly (e.g., social insurance) or indirectly (e.g., tax expenditures, regulations). The contributing authors are experts from political science, sociology, history, economics, and other social sciences. --Provided by publisher
Social security : a documentary history by Larry DeWitt( Book )

5 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 863 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Documentary History tells the story of the creation and development of the U.S. Social Security program through primary source documents, from its antecendents and founding in 1935, to the controversial issues of the present. This unique reference presents the complex history of Social Security in an accessible volume that highlights the program's major moments and events
Nationalisme et protection sociale by Daniel Béland( )

10 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in French and English and held by 762 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le livre Nationalisme et protection sociale met en lumière les interactions entre protection sociale, formation identitaire et mobilisation territoriale
Welfare Reform in Canada : Provincial Social Assistance in Comparative Perspective( )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 685 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Welfare Reform in Canada provides systematic knowledge of Canadian social assistance by assessing provincial welfare regimes and emphasizing changes since the late twentieth century. The book examines activation, social investment, and economic inequalities and provides nuanced perspectives on social welfare across Canada's provinces in relation to trends and issues in the country and beyond. These conceptual, international, and historical perspectives inform in-depth case studies of social assistance reform in each province. The key issues of social assistance in Canada, including gender relations, immigrants, Aboriginal peoples, and the impact of activation programs, are addressed, as is the possibility of convergence taking place in provincial welfare policy."--pub. desc
Fiscal federalism and equalization policy in Canada : political and economic dimensions by André Lecours( )

9 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fiscal Federalism and Equalization Policy in Canada is a concise book that 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 of the equalization program, a discussion of key economic debates concerning the role of that program and its effects, an analysis of the politics of equalization as witnessed over the last decade, and an exploration of 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 of equalization that draws from the best scholarship available in the fields of economics, economic history, political science, public policy, and political sociology."--
What is social policy? : understanding the welfare state by Daniel Béland( Book )

10 editions published between 2010 and 2016 in English and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From housing, pensions, and family benefits, to health-care, unemployment insurance, and social assistance, the welfare state is a key aspect of our lives. But social programs are contested political realities that we can't hope to understand without locating them within the "big picture." This book provides a concise political and sociological introduction to social policy, helping readers to grasp the nature of social programs and the political struggles surrounding them. It takes a broad comparative and historical viewpoint on the United States, using an international perspective to contextualize American social policy within the developed world. Provocative and engaging, it offers insight into a wide range of social policy issues such as: welfare regimes, welfare state development, the politics of retrenchment and restructuring; the relationship between social programs and various forms of inequality; changing family and economic relations; the role of private social benefits; the potential impact of globalization; and debates about the future of the welfare state. What is Social Policy? will be stimulating reading for upper-level students of sociology, political science, public policy, and social work
Obamacare wars : federalism, state politics, and the Affordable Care Act by Daniel Beland( Book )

9 editions published in 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 543 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Obamacare Wars shows how the law's intergovernmental structure, which entails the participation of both the federal government and the states, has deeply shaped the politics of implementation. Focusing on the creation of insurance exchanges, the expansion of Medicaid, and execution of regulatory reforms, Daniel Béland, Philip Rocco, and Alex Waddan examine how opponents of the ACA fought back against its implementation. They also explain why opponents of the law were successful in some efforts and not in others -- and not necessarily in a seemingly predictable red vs. blue pattern. Their work identifies the role of policy legacies, institutional fragmentation, and public sentiments in each instance as states grappled with new institutions, as in the case of the exchanges, or existing structures, in Medicaid and regulatory reform. Looking broadly at national trends and specifically at the experience of individual states, Obamacare Wars brings much-needed clarity to highly controversial but little-understood aspects of the Affordable Care Act's odyssey, with implications for how we understand the future trajectory of health reform, as well as the multiple forms of federalism in American politics"--Publisher's website
Analysing social policy concepts and language : comparative and transnational perspectives( )

12 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 435 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Where do concepts such as "welfare state" and "social security" come from and how does their meaning changed over time. This edited collection, written by a cross-disciplinary group of leading social policy researchers, analyses the concepts and language used to make sense of contemporary social policy
Nationalism and social policy : the politics of territorial solidarity by Daniel Béland( Book )

24 editions published between 2008 and 2010 in English and held by 361 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Despite the recent proliferation of literature on nationalism and on social policy, relatively little has been written to analyse the possible interaction between the two. Scholars interested in social citizenship have indirectly dealt with the interaction between national identity and social programs, but they have seldom examined this connection in reference to nationalism. Specialists of nationalism rarely mention social policy, focusing instead on language, culture, ethnicity, and religion. The main objective of this book is to explore the nature of the connection between nationalism and social policy from a comparative and historical perspective. At the theoretical level, this analysis will shed new light on a more general issue: the relationships between identity formation, territorial politics, and social policy. The cases at the centre of this study are three multinational states, that is, states featuring strong nationalist movements: Canada (Québec), the United Kingdom (Scotland), and Belgium (Flanders). The book looks at the interplay between nationalism and social policy at both the state and sub-state levels through a detailed comparison between these three cases. In its concluding chapter, the book brings in cases of mono-national states, like Germany and the United States to provide broader comparative insight on the meshing of nationalism and social policy. The original theoretical framework for this research is built using insight from selected scholarship on nationalism and on the welfare state."--Jacket
Public and private social policy : health and pension policies in a new era( Book )

12 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume makes a direct contribution to contemporary policy debates, offering a systematic analysis of the public-private dichotomy for social policy and covering four continents and two policy areas: health care and retirement pensions. It provides a comparative analysis of major insights found in the recent social policy literature, and stresses the complex and changing nature of the public-private dichotomy."--BOOK JACKET
Governance and public policy in Canada : a view from the provinces by Michael M Atkinson( Book )

3 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 198 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three key themes unify this book. First, it addresses the role of policy convergence and divergence among provinces. Although the analysis acknowledges enduring differences in political culture and institutions, it also points to patterns of policy diffusion and convergence in specific areas in a number of provinces. Second, the book explores the push and pull between centralization and decentralization in Canada as it affects intergovernmental relations. Third, it underscores that although the provinces play a greater role in policy development than ever before, they now face a growing tension between their expanding policy ambitions and their capacity to develop, fund, implement, manage, and evaluate policy programs. Governance and Public Policy in Canada describes how the provincial state has adapted in the context of these changing circumstances to transcend its limited capacity while engaging with a growing number of civil society actors, policy networks, and intergovernmental bodies."--pub. desc
Advanced introduction to social policy by Daniel Béland( Book )

9 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Advanced Introduction to Social Policy offers a concise overview of the field that takes newer realities into account, without rejecting the insights found in the traditional social policy canon. Daniel Béland and Rianne Mahon draw on both classic and contemporary theories to illuminate the broad processes that are putting pressure on existing social policy arrangements and raising new research questions. These processes provide the canvass against which the authors assess the social policy implications of changing gender relations, the increasing salience of ethnic diversity, and the growing importance of the Global South as a site of social policy innovation."--Publisher
Universality and social policy in Canada by Daniel Béland( Book )

6 editions published in 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 98 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book surveys the many contested meanings of universality (i.e., availability of programs to all citizens) in relation to specific social pogroms, to the field of social policy and, more generally, to the modern welfare state-subjects taught in numerous courses on social welfare policy. The focus of the discussion is on Canada, though comparative references are made to help highlight key features of the Canadian experience. In addition to universality, the related ideas of universalism and universalization are discussed in order to understand important political ideas and the social processes of change in discourse and programs design in social policy. The book argues that, while universality is a major value under-girding certain areas of state intervention ( most notably health care and education), the contributory principle of social insurance and the selectivity principle of income assistance are also highly significant precepts in practice. The politics of universality are multiple, relating to diverse values and beliefs, several policy instruments and administrative techniques, and demographic and socio-economic trends.Beyond the survey of the meaning and implications of the universality principle in social welfare, individual chapters consider specific policy cases such as medicare, disability support, old age security, citizenship and immigration, as well as fiscal implications."--
How ideas and institutions shape the politics of public policy by Daniel Béland( )

5 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This Element provides a critical review of existing literature on the role of ideas and institutions in the politics of public policy with the aim of contributing to the study of the politics of public policy. Because most policy scholars deal with the role of ideas or institutions in their research, such a critical review should help them improve their knowledge of crucial analytical issues in policy and political analysis. The following discussion brings together insights from both the policy studies literature and new institutionalism in sociology and political science, and stresses the explanatory role of ideas and institutions"--Back cover
Une sécurité libérale? : la politique des retraites aux États-Unis by Daniel Béland( Book )

7 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in French and held by 66 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le vieillissement de la population et les politiques publiques : enjeux d'ici et d'ailleurs( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in French and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

States of Global Insecurity : Policy, Politics, and Society by Daniel Béland( Book )

4 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in English and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Social security : history and politics from the New Deal to the privatization debate
Social security : history and politics from the New Deal to the privatization debateSocial security : a documentary historyWhat is social policy? : understanding the welfare stateNationalism and social policy : the politics of territorial solidarityPublic and private social policy : health and pension policies in a new eraStates of Global Insecurity : Policy, Politics, and Society
Alternative Names
Béland, Daniel

Daniel Béland Canadees socioloog

Daniel Béland sociólogu canadianu

دانيال بيلاند اجتماعي كندي

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