Vulnerability: False Hope for Vulnerable Social Security Clients?

UNSW Law Journal, 41:3 (2018) pp.783 - 817

36 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2018

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Terry Carney AO

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: October 15, 2018

Abstract

This article reviews the concept of vulnerability and examines its salience for selected aspects of Australian social security. It argues that vulnerability is a welcome shift from individual to relational thinking, of particular relevance to measurement of deprivation and richer transformations of delivery of welfare services (and access to social and informal support). Vulnerability is a productive analytical lens for better understanding aspects of law and policy, but remains too capacious and ill-defined to provide more than false hope in substantive reform of social security law.

Keywords: vulnerability, disability pensions, social security, welfare, discretions

JEL Classification: I13, 131, 132, 138, K39, K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Carney AO, Terry, Vulnerability: False Hope for Vulnerable Social Security Clients? (October 15, 2018). UNSW Law Journal, 41:3 (2018) pp.783 - 817, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3266951

Terry Carney AO (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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