Social Policy in the Post-Welfare State: Australian society in a changing world, 3rd Edition

Adam Jamrozik

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Social Policy in the Post-Welfare State: Australian society in a changing world, 3rd Edition

By Adam Jamrozik
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Social Policy in the Post-Welfare State presents an in-depth discussion of recent developments in social policy in Australia. The text continues the study of social policy from a coherently formulated theoretical perspective, building arguments and discussion points using the latest census data and Australian welfare statistics. It interprets policies and related events and invites readers’ critical reception.

This analysis of current social policy is essential reading for any social policy student in Australia and for professionals engaged in the administration of policy and service delivery.

The structure of the content makes the book suitable as a text for a semester course on social policy.

Adam Jamrozik is currently Visiting Associate Professor at the School of Population Health and Clinical Practice, The University of Adelaide, and continues his research and writing. On Australia Day 2008, he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), ‘For service to sociology as an educator, researcher and author, particularly through contributions to social policy in Australia’.
  • This edition examines changes to, and implications of, social policy within the European Union and the East-West divide, encompassing a global examination of the economy. It notes particularly the uncertainty for the future of social policies, caused by the sudden dramatic events in the world’s finance system in late 2008, and the corresponding threat of global economic recession.
  • In this edition, three related issues are consistently referred to as fundamental to the analysis of current (and past) social policies in Australia:
    1: the significance of primary welfare: access to the infrastructure of economic and social services – health, education, community services, public utilities;
    2: the inequality in Australian society, not only in income distribution but especially in those infrastructure services that constitute primary welfare;
    3: the effects of the privatisation of social services and public utilities, and the corresponding changes in the nature of social provision, from social services to market commodities, establishing through this change a two-tier structure of Australian society.


Table of contents
  • 1: Social policy and the concept of welfare
  • 2: Social policy in a ‘free-market’ economy
  • 3: Issues and dimensions of social policy
  • 4: Social policy in Australia
  • 5: Australia in the new century
  • 6: Income security
  • 7: The labour market and industrial relations
  • 8: Health
  • 9: Education
  • 10: Families and children
  • 11: Urban environment, housing and community services
  • 12: The law and social order
  • 13: The post-welfare state and its future