Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Publication Date

3-2021

Publisher

Wiley

Source Publication

Social Policy and Administration

Source ISSN

0144-5596

Abstract

Canada and the United States are often grouped together as liberal welfare-state regimes, with broadly similar levels of social spending. Yet, as the COVID-19 pandemic reveals, the two countries engage in highly divergent approaches to social policymaking during a massive public health emergency. Drawing on evidence from the first 5 months of the pandemic, this article compares social policy measures taken by the United States and Canadian governments in response to COVID-19. In general, we show that Canadian responses were both more rapid and comprehensive than those of the United States. This variation, we argue, can be explained by analysing the divergent political institutions, pre-existing policy legacies, and variations in cross-partisan consensus, which have all shaped national decision-making in the middle of the crisis.

Comments

Accepted version. Social Policy and Administration, Vol. 55, No. 2 (March 2021): 280-294. DOI. © 2021 Wiley. Used with permission.

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