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As of January 2019, I am Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and Professor of Political Science at McGill University.

Recent Books

Daniel Béland, André Lecours, Gregory P. Marchildon, Haizhen Mou, and Rose Olfert (2017), Fiscal Federalism and Equalization Policy in Canada: Political and Economic Dimensions. University of Toronto Press.

Fiscal Federalism and Equalization Policy in Canada is a concise book that aims to increase public understanding of equalization and fiscal federalism. The authors provide a brief history of the equalization program, a discussion of key economic debates, 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 authors draw from the best scholarship available in the fields of economics, economic history, political science, public policy, and political sociology. Click here for more information about the book. 

Daniel Béland and Rianne Mahon (2016), Advanced Introduction to Social Policy. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing.

The 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. The authors 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.

Praise for Advanced Introduction to Social Policy:

“Daniel Béland and Rianne Mahon provide advanced students with an excellent overview of systems of social provision and regulation worldwide, notable for its theoretical sophistication and compelling empirical materials. The authors engage with the practical and analytic challenges to welfare states, and their analysts, posed by globalization and global governance, increased migration, transformations in household forms and gender relations, and shifting racial/ethnic dynamics. Moreover, the book is well-grounded in the rich comparative traditions of welfare studies while also attending to innovative theoretical trends.”–Ann Shola Orloff, Northwestern University. Click here for more information about this book.

Daniel Béland, Philip Rocco and Alex Waddan (2016), Obamacare Wars: Federalism, State Politics,  and the Affordable Care Act. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas.

This is the first monograph devoted to the politics of implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the 50 states. Our political and comparative analysis of federalism and health care reform focuses on three major components of the ACA: health-insurance exchanges, Medicaid expansion, and regulatory reform.  

Praise for Obamacare Wars:

“The first serious analysis of a neglected but vital aspect of the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare Wars offers an informed and revealing look at the varied role of the states in the implementation of President Obama's landmark federal health law. Ideal for both graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as law, business, and public health programs, the book should be read by anyone trying to understand the post-enactment struggles that have resulted in millions of Americans obtaining new coverage—and millions more waiting for it as their state leaders resist federal intentions.” (Jacob S. Hacker, Yale University) Click here for more information about the book. 

Daniel Béland and Pierre-Marc Daigneault (eds.) (2015), Welfare Reform in Canada: Provincial Social Assistance in Comparative Perspective. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. [more]

This edited volume provides a unique, up-to-date analysis of social assistance in the Canadian provinces. In addition to chapters devoted to each of the 10 provinces, the volume addresses issues such as activation, disability, gender inequality, immigration, First Nations, and public housing.   

Daniel Béland, Christopher Howard, and Kimberly J. Morgan (eds.) (2014), The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Social Policy. New York: Oxford University Press, 668 pages. [more]

The US 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.

Daniel Béland and Klaus Petersen (eds.) (2014), Analysing Social Policy Concepts and Language: Comparative and Transnational Perspectives. Bristol: Policy Press. [more]

Featuring a cross-disciplinary group of leading social policy researchers, this edited volume analyses the concepts and language used to make sense of contemporary social policy. The volume focuses on OECD countries located on four different continents: Asia, Australasia, Europe, and North America.

Daniel Béland
Director, McGill Institute
for the Study of Canada
McGill University
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

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