John Myles

Expertise: Economic Inequality, Social & Public Policy

John Myles is emeritus professor of sociology and Senior Fellow in the School of Public Policy and Governance, University of Toronto.  Until 2012, he was Canada Research Chair in the Social Foundations of Public Policy. He has written widely on the comparative politics of the welfare state and on topics related to income inequality and poverty.  He is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and holds an honourary doctorate from the University of Leuven (Belgium) for his contributions to old age security policy. His recent publications include Inequality and the Fading of Redistributive Politics (UBC Press, 2013), co-edited with Keith Banting

Posts & Activities by John Myles

  • Evidence and decision-making: bend it like Harper


    The Broadbent Institute is pleased to present the second in a series of blog posts by a range of Canadian academics and thought leaders critiquing the record of the Conservative government. Read the first post here

    Ideologues don’t like evidence. They know what the problem is and what to do about it.

    Perhaps the most egregious example of this under Stephen Harper concerns the evidence about declining crime rates and the government’s insistence on the necessity of introducing harsher sentencing criteria as part of the much-derided Bill C-10 omnibus crime bill. 

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