National’s family incomes support policy: A new paradigm shift or more of the same?

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Show simple item record St John, S en Cotterell, Gerard en 2020-05-11T03:28:04Z en 2020-05-11T03:28:04Z en 2019-12-01 en
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dc.description.abstract © 2019, New Zealand Sociology. All rights reserved. During its three terms in office, the National-led government (2008-2017) introduced a number of family income support policies which served to further embed the radical paradigm shift that had occurred under the National governments when in power from 1990 to 1999. This earlier comprehensive retrenchment programme by National transformed the welfare state from one based on the notion that the state would provide for people in need, to a residual welfare state in which people were supposed to seek support from the state only as a last resort. Family income policy was targeted to a narrower group of recipients, the conditions for benefit eligibility were tightened, benefit payments reduced and a discourse of welfare dependency that stigmatised benefit recipients was promoted. From 2008, this article argues National’s measures were merely incremental adjustments to its previous policy direction and which served to further embed the paradigm shift it had introduced in the 1990s. The Labour-led government elected in 2017, despite suggesting it would make radical changes, has made little significant effort to reverse this policy direction. It would appear that National’s social policy legacy from the 1990s has become so well-entrenched, that it is difficult for the Labour Party to challenge the targeted, stigmatising approach that characterises family incomes policy. en
dc.relation.ispartofseries New Zealand Sociology en
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dc.title National’s family incomes support policy: A new paradigm shift or more of the same? en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue 2 en
pubs.begin-page 201 en
pubs.volume 34 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.end-page 226 en
pubs.publication-status Published en
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pubs.subtype Journal Article en
pubs.elements-id 793854 en Arts en Arts Admin en Arts Research Support en
dc.identifier.eissn 1173-1036 en

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