Producing workfare

Banks, Marcus (2012) Producing workfare. Journal of Australian Political Economy, 70 70: 87-109.

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Author Banks, Marcus
Title Producing workfare
Journal name Journal of Australian Political Economy
ISSN 0156-5826
Publication date 2012-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 70
Issue 70
Start page 87
End page 109
Total pages 23
Place of publication Sydney, NSW, Australia
Publisher University of Sydney School of Economics
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Provoking this article's analysis of the economic character of contemporary welfare policy is how to respond to Goran Therborn's observation (2007: 79) that social theory is precariously strung between two 'ambitious poles' -- an explanatory framework for a changing set of social phenomena and, more importantly, a wider philosophical capacity to 'make sense' of such fluid phenomena, to apprehend what constitutes its meaning. Marx's ambitions in Capital, it will be argued, continue to meet Therborn's challenge even in the historically distant field of Australian workfare, where, it is suggested, the extant literature reflects certain theoretical limitations. The article focuses on two elements in Capital which gain some ground to wrestle with such controversies: the socio-economic character of the state and the material bases of state welfare ideology. These two elements are structured as replies to this question: how is state workfare located in the capital relation without reducing workfare to the capital relation?
Keyword Welfare policy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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