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Quasi-Market Irrationality in Welfare Servicing: The Case of Remote Indigenous Housing

Thompson, Lester J. (2005) Quasi-Market Irrationality in Welfare Servicing: The Case of Remote Indigenous Housing. In Social Change in the 21st Century, 28 October 2005, QUT Carseldine, Brisbane.

Abstract

Though economically-rationalist belief systems seem less invasive than they were in the 1990s, market and quasi-market ideology is still being applied as a strategy for improving the outcomes of welfare programs. The following discussion examines remote Northern Territory (NT) Indigenous housing provision as a case study of the potential irrationality of using quasi-markets within social intervention strategy. This case study is a generalizeable example of ideology-based quasi-market provision. Thus the discussion concludes by considering implications associated with private sector participation in social intervention, and explores a better way to conceptualize and deal with problematic policies. The study incorporates a brief historical foray into the terminology and quasi-market assumptions which underpin the logic of NT social intervention strategy. The examination reflects on the nature of Indigenous living conditions; the intentions of government intervention; the interpretation and logic of these intentions and the consequent processes of intervention. It is assumed that such reflections are essential to the formation of good policy and that insights into existing policy are possible if this logical process is used. Thus the discussion commences with an examination of Indigenous living conditions intervention in its historical context, and then it reflects on the intentions of this intervention. It hinges on a re-examination of human need as the focus of existing and future policy development.

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ID Code: 3434
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Northern Territory Indigenous housing, Indigenous living conditions intervention
ISBN: 1741071089
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900) > Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society (169902)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > OTHER STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (169900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Lester J. Thompson
Deposited On: 03 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:14

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