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Aux origines sociales de l'Etat-providence received Honourable Mention for the 1999 Sir John A Macdonald Prize for best book in Canadian history (awarded by the Canadian Historical Association). What precipitated the creation and development of the welfare state in Quebec and Canada? What role did citizens play in its formation? Which values and interests formed it, and what sort of success has it met over time? In this detailed, well-written history, Dominique Marshall maps the intricate development of a fundamental Canadian force: the welfare state. During the Second World War, the first universal laws for Quebec families were approved and implemented. By tracing their origins and the history of their evolution, Dominique Marshall uncovers the broad background of Quebec's social policies. She analyses the relations between political projects and Quebecois families by examining the impact of social programs on their values, their living conditions, and their status. Marshall weighs the influence of the poorest families in the creation of public, educational, and welfare institutions - a dimension of the welfare state unknown until now.
At a time when the very idea of a universal welfare state is being questioned, this book not only examines the fundamental reasons behind its creation but also brings to light new perspectives on its future.
Dominique Marshall is a professor in the Department of History at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Specialising in social policy, the history of the family, and the international history of children's rights and humanitarian aid, she has authored a number of articles and book chapters on the subject. Nicola Doone Danby's long-standing love of languages and the printed page has led her to a multifaceted career. An active translator of a variety of books and a teacher of English literature, she is also an active member of the Literary Translators' Association of Canada and is deeply involved in the publishing industry.