British and European influences on the "Australian Way" from the 1980s

Smyth, P (2002) British and European influences on the "Australian Way" from the 1980s. Social Policy & Administration, 36 4: 426-442. doi:10.1111/1467-9515.t01-1-00263

Author Smyth, P
Title British and European influences on the "Australian Way" from the 1980s
Journal name Social Policy & Administration   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0144-5596
Publication date 2002-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1467-9515.t01-1-00263
Volume 36
Issue 4
Start page 426
End page 442
Total pages 17
Editor J. Baldock
Place of publication Oxford
Publisher Blackwell Publishers
Language eng
Subject C1
370102 Social Policy and Planning
750901 Understanding Australia's past
Abstract Commonwealth countries share their British social policy legacy in a variety of ways. Autstralia attempted to adopt the postwar new Fabian welfare state model at the very time when international economic circumstances undermined its Keynesian foundation. With Labor governments in power from 1983 to 1996, Australia diverged significantly from the neo-liberal reform path adopted in the United Kingdom. Australian governments looked increasingly to European social democracies for alternative social policy model In a manner anticipating the Third Way. the tendency was towards mixing neo-liberal economics with social democratic welfare. The Australian Third Way which resulted proved unstable. Current social reformers, the paper proposes, ought to revisit a neglected but characteristically British emphasis on the need for a measure of socialization of investment to underpin redistributive strategies.
Keyword Welfare State Models
Australian Way
Planning & Development
Social Issues
Q-Index Code C1

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