Patterns of governance: The curious case of non-profit community services in Australia

McDonald, C. and Marston, G. (2002) Patterns of governance: The curious case of non-profit community services in Australia. Social Policy and Administration, 36 4: 376-391. doi:10.1111/1467-9515.t01-1-00260

Author McDonald, C.
Marston, G.
Title Patterns of governance: The curious case of non-profit community services in Australia
Journal name Social Policy and Administration   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0144-5596
Publication date 2002-01-01
Year available 2002
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1467-9515.t01-1-00260
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 36
Issue 4
Start page 376
End page 391
Total pages 56
Editor J Baldock
Place of publication Oxford, UK
Publisher Blackwell Publishers Ltd
Language eng
Subject C1
321200 Public Health and Health Services
759900 Other Social Development and Community Services
Abstract Community has taken on a new significance in Australian social policy discourse. Seemingly sound and morally justifiable, in the context Of neo-liberalism the language of community positions non-profit delivery of services as superior to state-provided services. As a consequence, non-profit community services are being centrally positioned to mediate the relationship between the state and citizen subjects. In the first part of this paper we trace some of the key historical developments in Australia's welfare state and patterns of governance that are propelling the non-profit sector firm the margins to the centre. The second section examines the relationship between Australia's shifting political landscape and the emerging welfare regime. One key feature of this new regime is the attempt to relocate citizenship away from the domain of the state and into that of civil society. The article concludes by sketching out some research themes, focusing, for example, on the impact of devolution of governance in terms of client rights and public accountability.
Keyword Planning & Development
Social Issues
Community Services
Non-profit Sector
Q-Index Code C1
Institutional Status UQ

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