Canada Research Chair in Public Policy and Professor, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan
101 Diefenbaker Place
Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5B8
Areas of Expertise & Civic InvolvementsBéland is a student of comparative social and fiscal Policy. He has published extensively on health care, Social Security, welfare reform, and fiscal federalism. In addition to the United States, he has written about these topics in a number of countries, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, France, Ghana, Japan, and the United Kingdom. In terms of civil and policy involvement, he regularly gives media interviews on various policy issues, teaches to current and future civil servants, provides direct advice to policymakers, and participates in grassroots anti-poverty efforts.
Obamacare Wars: Federalism, State Politics, and the Affordable Care Act (with Philip Rocco; Alex Waddan) (University Press of Kansas, 2016, paperback 2016).
Provides an in-depth comparative analysis of the implementation of the ACA’s health-insurance exchanges, its expansion of Medicaid, and its numerous regulatory reforms. Argues that the ACA’s opponents were consequential in shaping key aspects of policy implementation, though they were by no means uniformly successful.
The Politics of Policy Change: Welfare, Medicare, and Social Security Reform in the United States (with Alex Waddan) (Georgetown University Press, 2012).
Explores processes of social policy change in the United States, through a comparison of three key episodes taking place in three distinct policy areas: the 1996 welfare reform, the 2003 Medicare reform, and the failed attempt to privatize Social Security in 2005.
Ideas and Politics in Social Science Research (edited with Robert Henry Cox) (Oxford University Press, 2011).
Gathers top U.S. and international scholars to advance our understanding of how ideas can shape policy and political change.
What is Social Policy? Understanding the Welfare State (Polity Press, 2010).
Presents an introduction to social policy and discusses the development of the U.S. welfare state in comparative and historical perspective.
Nationalism and Social Policy: The Politics of Territorial Solidarity (with André Lecours) (Oxford University Press, 2008).
Offers a path-breaking analysis of the understudied relationship between national identity and social policy.
Public and Private Social Policy: Health and Pension Policies in a New Era (edited with Brian Gran) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008).
Collects comparative and international insight on the interaction among public and private social benefits, with a specific focus on health care and old-age pensions.
Social Security: History and Politics from the New Deal to the Privatization Debate (University Press of Kansas, 2005).
Presents a theoretically-informed narrative on the history and politics of U.S. Social Security, and offers new comparative and analytical insight about the fate of this popular program.