Intellectual origins of welfare dependency

O'Connor, B. (2001) Intellectual origins of welfare dependency. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 36 3: 221-236.

Author O'Connor, B.
Title Intellectual origins of welfare dependency
Journal name Australian Journal of Social Issues   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0157-6321
Publication date 2001-08
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 36
Issue 3
Start page 221
End page 236
Total pages 16
Editor T. Battin
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, Australia
Publisher ACOSS
Collection year 2001
Language eng
Subject C1
370102 Social Policy and Planning
750604 Civics and citizenship
1699 Other Studies in Human Society
Abstract 'Welfare dependency' has become a key term in policy debate in the United States and, more recently, Australia. In this article I explore the intellectual origins of the term, looking specifically at the writings of George Gilder and Charles Murray, two commentators whose (often polemically presented) ideas were influential within the Reagan Administration and have been at the forefront of a conservative renewal in welfare debate generally. Although others have subsequently refined some of their arguments and proposals, the authors' central claim that welfare causes dependency and thus unemployment and poverty - and that welfare reform therefore needs to focus on changing the behaviour of welfare recipients rather than providing employment opportunities - has had a lasting political impact, in Australia as much as in the US.
Keyword Welfare
social science
Q-Index Code C1

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