Assessing the Policy Trajectory of Welfare Reform in Australia

McDonald, C and Marston, G 2007, 'Assessing the Policy Trajectory of Welfare Reform in Australia', Benefits: A Journal of Poverty and Social Justice, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 233-245.


Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Journal Articles

Title Assessing the Policy Trajectory of Welfare Reform in Australia
Author(s) McDonald, C
Marston, G
Year 2007
Journal name Benefits: A Journal of Poverty and Social Justice
Volume number 15
Issue number 3
Start page 233
End page 245
Total pages 13
Publisher The Policy Press
Abstract Although its roots reach back into the 1980s, the Australian version of welfare reform has intensified over the last decade under the direction of the conservative Howard government. In this article we chart the path to welfare-to-work policies, noting both the discontinuities as well as a degree of continuity with Australia's traditional approach to social protection. As such, welfare reform in Australia is both revolutionary and evolutionary. Further, its acceptance by the Australian public has been shaped by a sophisticated form of persuasion couched within a discourse of 'participation' and 'obligation'. Finally, we note that in the case of welfare reform, Australia's approach has switched its traditional reliance on UK social policy models to a social security system designed on the principles of welfare reform as implemented in the US.
Subject Social Policy
Keyword(s) Welfare reform
institutional change
the future of social work
ISSN 0962-7898
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