Conditional citizenship? Electronic networks and the new conditionality in public policy

Henman, Paul (2011) Conditional citizenship? Electronic networks and the new conditionality in public policy. Policy and Internet, 3 3: . doi:10.2202/1944-2866.1103

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Author Henman, Paul
Title Conditional citizenship? Electronic networks and the new conditionality in public policy
Journal name Policy and Internet   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1944-2866
Publication date 2011-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2202/1944-2866.1103
Open Access Status
Volume 3
Issue 3
Total pages 19
Place of publication Berkeley, CA, United States
Publisher Berkeley Electronic Press
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract Governments throughout the world are increasingly making use of new forms of ‘conditional’ public and social policies. While some policies have always been conditional, for example through means-testing, these new policies are notable for making a benefit or service in one policy domain conditional on a situation or behavior in another policy domain. In addition to political rationalities and realities, this article argues that any understanding of the rise of such policies must take account of electronic information networks. Such networks not only enable such policies to be implemented, they have also stimulated networked ways of thinking among policy makers. This argument is illustrated by reference to the electronic Australian Childhood Immunisation Register and the conditional Maternity Immunisation Allowance. The article concludes by examining how this combination of electronic technologies, political ideas and political realities is reconfiguring contemporary social citizenship, making it more conditional, segmented, individualized and unequal.
Keyword e-Government
Public policy
Social policy
Conditionality
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Article # 5

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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Created: Mon, 29 Aug 2011, 16:45:06 EST by Dr Paul Henman on behalf of School of Social Work and Human Services