Comparativism, the Labour-Social Policy Nexus and Intra-National Analysis: A Case Study

24 Pages Posted: 15 Aug 2007 Last revised: 20 Nov 2007

Terry Carney

The University of Sydney Law School

Gaby Ramia

Monash University - Department of Management

Anna Chapman

Melbourne Law School

Abstract

Analyses of the labour-social policy nexus are predominantly cross-national and regional in approach. Comparisons of individual policy domains within nations are less common. This paper is an intra-national comparative analysis of jobseekers and workers with family responsibilities in Australia, focusing on the relationship between labour law and social security law in each domain. The comparison demonstrates that cross-national comparativism can benefit from insights provided by intra-national approaches. Most notably, intra-nationalism sheds different light on the relative integrative potential of labour and social policies. It also elevates the role of the law and of moral values in the process of marketisation.

Keywords: comparative social policy and industrial relations, workers with family responsibilities, jobseekers, labour-social policy nexus

JEL Classification: K31, K10

Suggested Citation

Carney, Terry and Ramia, Gaby and Chapman, Anna, Comparativism, the Labour-Social Policy Nexus and Intra-National Analysis: A Case Study. Policy and Politics, Vol. 35, No. 2, pp. 231-248, 2007; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 07/60; U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 257. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1007172

Terry Carney (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

Gaby Ramia

Monash University - Department of Management ( email )

Wellington Road
Clayton, Victoria 3168
Australia
+61 3 990 31089 (Phone)

Anna Chapman

Melbourne Law School ( email )

Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law
Parkville, Victoria 3010
Australia
61 3 8344 5625 (Phone)
61 3 9349 4623 (Fax)

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