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Mediating Welfare Ethics:Selectivity Or Universalism?

Schooneveldt, Simon P. (2003) Mediating Welfare Ethics:Selectivity Or Universalism? In Bradley, Rebecca, Lyddon, Jeff, & Buys, Laurie (Eds.) Social Change in the 21st Century, 21 November 2003, QUT, Brisbane.

Abstract

This paper explores some of the underpinning ideologies that drive Australia’s selective income support system, by examining the ethical justifications used to support targeted welfare systems such as Mutual Obligation. Such justifications for selectivity will be compared with the ethical justifications that are used to promote the concept of Universalism for income support, a concept that has been attracting increasing attention in social science circles internationally. At an ideological level, Universalism in welfare also has compelling arguments for implementation, particularly in the form known as the Universal Basic Income Guarantee or Basic Income for short. The underpinning ideologies for each income support system are explored so that their ethical justifications may be examined in a compare and contrast format. Such a format facilitates a beginning mediation between some of the competing ethical claims used, so as to clarify positions and develop greater understanding about income support system implementation debates.

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ID Code: 124
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Income support, Mutual obligation, Universalism, Ethics
ISBN: 0646431056
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Policy (160510)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLITICAL SCIENCE (160600) > Australian Government and Politics (160601)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Public Economics- Public Choice (140213)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Welfare Economics (140219)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Labour Economics (140211)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ECONOMICS (140000) > Economic Theory (140100) > Microeconomic Theory (140104)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 Simon P. Schooneveldt
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2004
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:21

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