Politics, Inequality and the Australian Welfare State After Liberalisation, Hardback Book

Politics, Inequality and the Australian Welfare State After Liberalisation Hardback

Part of the Anthem Studies in Australian Politics, Economics and Society series


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Neoliberalism has transformed work, welfare, and democracy.

However, its impacts, and its future, are more complex than we often imagine.

Alongside growing inequality, social spending has been rising.

Medicare was entrenched alongside privatization. How do we understand this contradictory politics, and what opportunities are there to advance equality?

This book takes the three big drivers of inequality – conditionality of benefits, marketisation of services and financialisation of the life course– to explore how inequality has been contested.

Alongside the rise of the market, it reveals the building blocks of a more egalitarian order and opportunities for new models of solidarity based on an ethic of care.


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