Workfare: Ideology for a New Under-Class (Paperback)

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By Eric Shragge (Editor)
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Workfare: Ideology for a New Under-Class reveals the double standards of Neo-Liberal newspeak.

The federal government spends almost the same amount of money on tax exemptions for RRSP deductions as federal and provincial governments combined spend on welfare. But, no one asks if people receiving RRSP deductions are truly needy.

In addition to the myths, this book explores the reality of workfare, examining programs from across Canada, and comparing the experience in the United States. Workfare is central to the tenets of the so-called common sense revolution. The contributors show that, in fact, workfare measures have not been effective in getting people back to work, especially in the long term. Governments continue to implement workfare programs even when it is clear that they have not, and will not, achieve their stated ends. The book shows how workfare masks a punitive ideology particular to the post-Fordist, neo-Liberal state.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781551930107
ISBN-10: 1551930102
Publisher: University of Toronto Press
Publication Date: January 1st, 1997
Pages: 192
Language: English