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Welfare to Work: Or Work Discipline Revisited


Terry Carney


University of Sydney - Faculty of Law


Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 06/47
Australian Journal of Social Issues, Vol. 41, pp. 27-48, 2006

Abstract:     
Australia recently enacted welfare-to-work reforms for sole parents, the partially disabled and the long-term unemployed. At the same time, it enacted labour law reforms which dismantled labour law award protections in favour of 'individual bargaining'. This paper argues that the combined effect of these reforms not only brings about closer integration between social security and labour law, but also increases the 'disciplinary' controls over the lives of welfare clients, while also degrading the conditions of the most vulnerable welfare clients, whether they are in work (on reduced employment conditions) or on welfare (on less generous benefits.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: Welfare reform, activation, welfare-to-work, breaching

JEL Classification: K39, J65, K31, I38

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Date posted: April 11, 2006  

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Carney, Terry, Welfare to Work: Or Work Discipline Revisited. Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 06/47; Australian Journal of Social Issues, Vol. 41, pp. 27-48, 2006 . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=895446

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Terry Carney (Contact Author)
University of Sydney - Faculty of Law ( email )
Faculty of Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia
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