Feeling motivated yet? Long-term unemployed people's perspectives on the implementation of workfare in Australia

Marston, G and McDonald, C 2008, 'Feeling motivated yet? Long-term unemployed people's perspectives on the implementation of workfare in Australia', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 43, no. 2, pp. 255-269.


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Title Feeling motivated yet? Long-term unemployed people's perspectives on the implementation of workfare in Australia
Author(s) Marston, G
McDonald, C
Year 2008
Journal name Australian Journal of Social Issues
Volume number 43
Issue number 2
Start page 255
End page 269
Total pages 15
Publisher Australian Council of Social Service
Abstract A key thrust of labour market policy in Australia and many other western countries is that long-term unemployed people lack the personal motivation to engage proactively and successfully in the search for paid employment. In this paper we argue that the implementation of what are experienced as paternal workfare programs are counter-productive to achieving the official policy goal of improving self-efficacy and gaining paid employment. The empirical discussion presented in the paper is based on a semi-longitudinal study that tracked 75 long-term unemployed people in three different labour markets in Australia between 2005-2007. The study was funded by the Australian Research Council and Jobs Australia.
Subject Social Policy
Keyword(s) long term unemployment
job network
efficacy
ISSN 0157-6321
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