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Social Security Law: What Does the Politics of 'Conditional Welfare' Mean for Review and Client Representation?

Australian Journal of Social Issues, Vol. 46, No. 3, pp. 233-352, 2011

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 12/24

31 Pages Posted: 18 Apr 2012  

Terry Carney

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: April 17, 2012

Abstract

This paper reflects on aspects of the meaning of new social security as ‘conditional welfare’ (such as welfare quarantining) and its implications for client rights, advocacy and public policy accountability. The paper considers the rising reliance on conditional welfare and related measures such as ‘linked’, localized or place-based welfare, and the increasing complexity of welfare discretions. The paper essentially makes the argument that it is past time to begin to debate the pros and cons for Australia of conditional welfare as it impacts on administrative law and new forms of welfare advocacy.

Keywords: conditional welfare, new welfare, reviews and appeals, new advocacy, complexity and change

JEL Classification: K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Carney, Terry, Social Security Law: What Does the Politics of 'Conditional Welfare' Mean for Review and Client Representation? (April 17, 2012). Australian Journal of Social Issues, Vol. 46, No. 3, pp. 233-352, 2011; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 12/24. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2041086

Terry Carney (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

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

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