Socioeconomic and Political Context

… one of the core Subjects in Public Management

Subject description

This public management subject, within the Institutions and Context domain, examines the different ways in which the processes and frameworks of public policy should be evaluated in light of the social, economic and political contexts in which they are developed. Some of the topics examined within this subject are the relationship between public values and expectations of public policy, and the impact of cultural diversity and demographic change on policy development. These courses may also provide an introduction to social policy and examine different ways social programs are structured in Canada and in other jurisdictions around the world.

Readings and concept comprehension questions associated with this subject can be found at Atlas105 Social, Environmental, and Global Context.

Core normed topics
The Study of the Socioeconomic Context for Politics and Policy

Income Inequality and Poverty

Immigration and Integration

Gender Inequality

Indigenous Peoples

Political Advocacy and the Nonprofit Sector

Core concepts
The Study of the Socioeconomic Context for Politics and Policy

Social Policy

Social Context

Social Change

Civil Society

Critical Thinking

Claims, Reason, and Evidence

Motivated Reasoning

Personal vs. Social Responsibility

Welfare Dependency


Political Correctness

Public Opinion

Pendulum Metaphor

Morality Policy

Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement Challenges in Social Policy

Welfare State

Targeted vs. Universal Programs



State Intervention


Economic Rationalism

Solidarity vs. Individualism


Critical Theory

Post Modernism







Income Inequality and Poverty

Economic Inequality

Income Inequality

Structural Inequality

Davis-Moore Hypothesis

Social Spending

Occupational Ghettoization

Social Contagion Hypothesis

Tolerance for Inequality

Social Determinants of Health

Personal Circumstances and Redistribution Preferences

Immigration and Integration

Social Integration


Welfare Chauvinism

Gender Inequality

Affirmative Action

Diversity and Equality

Gender Differences at the Top

Gender Differences in Competitiveness

Gender Differences in Criminality

Gender Differences in Earnings (Gender Wage Gap)

Gender Differences in Health

Gender Differences in Personality

Gender Differences in Self-Esteem

Gender Differences in the Brain

Gender Differences in Variability

Women’s Rights and Men’s Rights Movements

Indigenous Peoples

Aboriginal Peoples


Indigenous Peoples – A Guide to Terminology

Indigenous Rights

Non-Status Indians

Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples

Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

Political Advocacy and the Nonprofit Sector

Political Advocacy

Nonprofit Groups

Watchdog Organizations

Interest Groups

Political Elites

Social Movements

Additional concepts [Links to Old Atlas]
Absolute Inequality


Digital Divide

Discouraged Searchers

Distributive-Redistributive Policies

Employment Insurance (EI)

Employment Rate

Frictional Unemployment

Generational Income Mobility

Gini Coefficient

Human Development Index (HDI)

Identity Groups



Intra-Generational Mobility

Labour Migration

Partial-coverage Program


Pluralist State


Quality of Life (QoL) Indicators

Rights Talk

Social Capital

Social Diversity Thesis

Social Fragmentation

Social Indicators

Social Mobility


The Crown’s Fiduciary Relationship with Aboriginal Peoples

Wage Subsidy

Welfare Regimes

Welfare State

Page created by: Ian Clark, last modified 28 December 2018.

Image: MaleWitch in Greater Good at, accessed 10 December 2015.