Beyond voodoo economics and backlash social policy: where next for working life research and policy?

Buchanan, J, Watson, I, Briggs, C and Campbell, I 2006, 'Beyond voodoo economics and backlash social policy: where next for working life research and policy?', Australian Bulletin of Labour, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 183-201.


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Title Beyond voodoo economics and backlash social policy: where next for working life research and policy?
Author(s) Buchanan, J
Watson, I
Briggs, C
Campbell, I
Year 2006
Journal name Australian Bulletin of Labour
Volume number 32
Issue number 2
Start page 183
End page 201
Total pages 19
Publisher Flinders University, National Institute of Labour Studies
Abstract This paper begins with a brief overview of the fragmentation of Australian working life. This process has the potential for positive as well as negative outcomes. The bulk of the paper then considers five challenges in working life. The recurring theme in this section concerns the need to transcend the limitations of the past by nurturing standards for flexibility. The concluding section addresses the question: can institutional forms be created which simultaneously nurture the benefits of autonomy and solidarity while avoiding the limitations of isolation and sectionalism? We call this the challenge of promoting cohesive diversity and suggest that developing the notion of 'pathways' may offer a way forward for new directions in both working life analysis and policy.
Subject Public Policy
Industrial Relations
Keyword(s) Australian working life
work flexibility
working life quality
working environment
labor
ISSN 0311-6336
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