Myths of welfare reform

Henman, Paul W. (2002) Myths of welfare reform. Australian Journal of Social Issues, 37 1: 71-84.


Author Henman, Paul W.
Title Myths of welfare reform
Journal name Australian Journal of Social Issues   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0157-6321
Publication date 2002-02-01
Year available 2002
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 37
Issue 1
Start page 71
End page 84
Total pages 14
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher Australian Council of Social Services.
Language eng
Subject 160512 Social Policy
1605 Policy and Administration
Abstract In Australian welfare reform debate, a range of approaches and policies has been advocated. Regardless of their diversity, I argue that the debate has an unnecessarily narrow framework resulting from the widespread acceptance of at least three welfare reform myths. First, is the idea that the current system is anachronistic and in disrepair. lnstead of this narrowfocus on welfare policy, I argue that the welfare reform debate must be widened to include other domains of public policy to involve a 'joined up' approach to addressing poverty and disadvantage. The second myth is that welfare recipients need to be the focus of policy attention. Policy reforms focus on changing the behaviour of recipients and their communities. Because structural changes underlie increased benefit receipt, such reforms will only have minimal consequences. The third welfare reform myth is the false notion that the current welfare system lacks obligation.
Keyword Welfare reform
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work Publications
 
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