Conditional Income Transfers & Choice in Social Services: Just More Conditions & More Markets?

MARKETS, RIGHTS AND POWER IN AUSTRALIAN SOCIAL POLICY, G. Meagher, S. Goodwin, ed., Sydney University Press: Australia, 2015

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 15/31

19 Pages Posted: 29 Apr 2015

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Terry Carney AO

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: April 27, 2015

Abstract

This chapter explores the ‘convergence’ towards new forms of social security and social welfare provision where income support is narrowing individual lifestyle choices, while services such as residential aged care are being ‘hollowed out’ to make greater space for consumer choice, under the rather elusive banner of ‘personalised services’. It is tentatively argued that both trends can be attributed to recalibration of the welfare state, centred on the age-old tension between the state and the market and the search for the elusive middle ground, using among other things, the work of Peter Dwyer on income security and that of Ingo Bode on the ‘types’ of welfare markets, including what Bode calls subsidized welfare markets characterised by more interventionist controls and conditions.

Keywords: Conditional welfare, Income security, welfare services, welfare state, welfare reform

JEL Classification: K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Carney AO, Terry, Conditional Income Transfers & Choice in Social Services: Just More Conditions & More Markets? (April 27, 2015). MARKETS, RIGHTS AND POWER IN AUSTRALIAN SOCIAL POLICY, G. Meagher, S. Goodwin, ed., Sydney University Press: Australia, 2015, Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 15/31, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2599857

Terry Carney AO (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

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