Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Political Science

First Advisor

Boase, J.


Political Science, General.




The historical development of federal activity in the income security system up to the early 1990s is examined in this thesis. The main argument of this thesis is that the federal government has slowly undermined the dominance of the welfare state by eroding the concept of social rights that is fundamental principle of the Canadian welfare state. The attack on the family allowance program by both the Trudeau government, from 1973 to 1978, and the Mulroney government, from 1984 to 1992, serves as the primary example of this circumstance. The influence of neo-conservatism is believed to have shaped the direction of the social welfare policy reform, which has resulted in an ideological shift of the liberal interpretation of the purpose of the Canadian welfare state.Dept. of History, Philosophy, and Political Science. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis1995 .M66. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 34-06, page: 2227. Adviser: Joan Boase. Thesis (M.A.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 1995.