Public Policy

  • Fight to Win

    Inside Poor People’s Organizing

    By A.J.  Withers     Forthcoming November 2021

    The first full length book on the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty, one of Canada’s most significant poor people’s activist organizations.

  • Ineligible

    Single Mothers Under Welfare Surveillance

    By Krys Maki     Forthcoming November 2021

    A comprehensive examination of welfare state surveillance and regulation of single mothers in Ontario.

  • Border and Rule

    Global Migration, Capitalism, and the Rise of Racist Nationalism

    By Harsha Walia     February 2021

    An urgent, global account of the migration crisis and the function of borders across political, social, cultural, and economic systems.

  • About Canada: Disability Rights

    2nd Edition

    By Deborah Stienstra     September 2020

    In the second edition of About Canada: Disability Rights, Deborah Stienstra explores the historical and current experiences of people with disabilities in Canada, as well as the policy and advocacy responses to these experiences.

  • Ideology Over Economics

    P3s in an Age of Austerity

    By John Loxley     August 2020

    In Ideology Over Economics, economist John Loxley examines the expansion of P3s following the 2008 global financial crisis, when corporations responded to the crisis by lobbying governments for financial assistance and austerity governments responded by expanding financial resources for P3s.

  • Legalizing Theft

    A Short Guide to Tax Havens

    By Alain Deneault  Translated by Catherine Browne     April 2018

    When our infrastructures deteriorate, when social benefits are frozen, when our living conditions are precarious, it is because of tax havens. A source of growing inequalities and colossal tax losses, the use of tax havens by large corporations and wealthy individuals explains austerity policies. Moreover, states have legalized these offshore schemes that contravene the very principle of taxation.

  • Runaway Wives and Rogue Feminists

    The Origins of the Women’s Shelter Movement in Canada

    By Margo Goodhand     September 2017

    In the supposedly enlightened ’60s and ’70s, violence against women didn’t make the news. It didn’t exist. Yet in 1973 — with no statistics, no money and little public support — five disparate groups of Canadian women quietly opened the country’s first battered women’s shelters. Today, there are well over 600.

  • About Canada: Public-Private Partnerships

    By Heather Whiteside     August 2016

    P3s fundamentally transform public infrastructure, public services, labour relations, public sectors and the everyday lives of Canadians. While contracting out services is supposed to save money, P3s often cost more in the long run and are host to poor working conditions and confidentiality and accountability issues. And in the end, it is us, the public, who foots the bill for these increasing costs, essentially subsidizing corporate investments for services that our governments used to provide.

  • About Canada: Health Care, 2nd Edition

    By Pat Armstrong and Hugh Armstrong     April 2016

    This second edition of About Canada: Health Care is an accessible, up-to-date introduction to how the Canadian health care system works, how it is changing and what can be done to make it better.

  • Megacity Malaise

    Neoliberalism, Public Services and Labour in Toronto

    By Carlo Fanelli     April 2016

    This study is among the first in Canada to document the transformation of municipal governance and public services from Keynesian to neoliberal public policy at the urban scale.