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Welfare and Inequality

Welfare and Inequality
National and International Perspectives on the Australian Welfare State

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  • Date Published: July 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521455947

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  • Over the past few decades the welfare state has been under increasing pressure. Rapid social and economic change has left many people dependent on social institutions, while deteriorating economic prospects have led to calls to cut welfare expenditure. This book introduces key concepts in the welfare state debate and questions the arguments for further cutbacks. It examines: • the role, nature and effects of the welfare state in contemporary society • the links between the welfare state and the economy, particularly in Australia in the 1990s • the success of the Australian welfare state in achieving its aims of improving economic equality and social cohesion. These issues are considered in the light of the experiences of comparable countries able to offer lessons to Australia. Written by economists in clear language, the book makes an important contribution to the discussion of social issues.

    • The author is well-known in England and Scandinavia
    • Unique for book on policy to be written by an economist in accessible terms
    • Synthesis of major developments in Australia over past decades compared with other OECD countries
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    • Date Published: July 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521455947
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Introduction: welfare and inequality
    2. Past developments and future prospects for social security in Australia
    3. An economic perspective on the provision and finance of community services
    4. Efficiency and effectiveness in social policies: an international perspective
    5. Economic rationalism and the welfare state
    6. The social wage, living standards and inequality
    7. Income distribution in comparative perspective: concepts and results
    8. Poverty: concepts and measurement
    9. Poverty and deprivation in the 1980s
    References
    Index.

  • Author

    Peter Gordon Saunders, University of New South Wales, Sydney

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