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Welfare and Inequality : National and International Perspectives on the Australian Welfare State - Peter Saunders

Welfare and Inequality

National and International Perspectives on the Australian Welfare State

Paperback Published: 25th April 1994
ISBN: 9780521455947
Number Of Pages: 336

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Over the past two 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 discussion of social issues.

."..the author provides a very useful overview of a social welfare system that has made some choices that the U.S. is considering. The volume will therefore be of interest to academic researchers and policy analysts alike." Journal of Economic Literature

Preface
Introduction: welfare and inequality
Past developments and future prospects for social security in Australia
An economic perspective on the provision and finance and community services
Efficiency and effectiveness in social policies: an international perspective
Economic rationalism and the welfare state
The social wage, living standards and inquality
Income distribution in comparative perspective: concepts and results
Poverty: concepts and measurement
Poverty and deprivation in the 1980s
References
Index
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ISBN: 9780521455947
ISBN-10: 0521455944
Series: National and International Perspectives on the Australian We
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 25th April 1994
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.5