VALE: Tony Vinson, Leading Social Justice Campaigner and Reformer 1935-2017 – Sydney Morning Herald

Tony Vinson, Australia’s pre-eminent social justice campaigner, has died at 81.  Extract In a six-decade-long career, his advocacy of social reforms in corrections, education, and government services and pivotal role in establishing social research and behavioural science in various universities impacted on generations of Australians. Part of his working life coincided with a period when … [Read More] VALE: Tony Vinson, Leading Social Justice Campaigner and Reformer 1935-2017 – Sydney Morning Herald

Challenging the accountability agenda: what increases an NGO’s trustworthiness? British Politics & Policy at LSE

Extract from an article by Vincent Charles Keating and Erla Thrandardottir When it comes to a non-governmental organisation’s trustworthiness, there is an unexplored assumption in the literature that the implementation of accountability measures will increase trust. Vincent Charles Keating and Erla Thrandardottir explain why this ‘accountability solution’ may not in itself increase trust, and that it … [Read More] Challenging the accountability agenda: what increases an NGO’s trustworthiness? British Politics & Policy at LSE

Omnibus welfare bill shows the always-tricky politics of budget savings – The Conversation

Extract from an article by Peter Whiteford The Turnbull government has introduced a new omnibus savings bill to parliament. It has combined and revised several previously blocked welfare measures into a single piece of legislation to try to achieve nearly A$4 billion in net savings over the next four years. This bill builds on a range … [Read More] Omnibus welfare bill shows the always-tricky politics of budget savings – The Conversation

Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age – Pew Centre

Extract Algorithms are aimed at optimizing everything. They can save lives, make things easier and conquer chaos. Still, experts worry they can also put too much control in the hands of corporations and governments, perpetuate bias, create filter bubbles, cut choices, creativity and serendipity, and could result in greater unemployment. Algorithms are instructions for solving … [Read More] Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age – Pew Centre

ACOSS urges Parliament to reject latest attempt to cut incomes of poorest in new Omnibus Bill – ACOSS

Media Release ACOSS today urged the Federal Parliament to stand firm against measures in the new Government Omnibus Bill that will cut the incomes of some of the poorest people, including families, to fund child care reforms. “This is the latest attempt by the Government to push through harsh cuts that will rip $7 billion … [Read More] ACOSS urges Parliament to reject latest attempt to cut incomes of poorest in new Omnibus Bill – ACOSS

Housing: It’s not affordable housing we need to build but communities (UK) – The Fifth Estate

Extract from an article by David Thorpe The British Government is this week floating a new policy initiative to create affordable housing, with, for the first time for a Conservative government, an emphasis on renting rather than buying. But all governments wishing to meet the demand for affordable homes could look to Germany and Vienna for … [Read More] Housing: It’s not affordable housing we need to build but communities (UK) – The Fifth Estate

Report on Government Services (RoGS) 2017 – Productivity Commission

The annual Report on Government Services (RoGS) provides information on the equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia. This year marks the 22nd edition of the Report on Government Services — comparing the performance of governments in the efficient and effective delivery of a wide range of services aimed at improving the wellbeing … [Read More] Report on Government Services (RoGS) 2017 – Productivity Commission

Who’s at Risk? Expanding the categorical understanding of children at risk of social exclusion through measures of self-esteem – Nordic Social Work Research

ABSTRACT A strong focus on early intervention involves broad categories by which to assess children at risk of social marginalisation. Most of these categories relate to family characteristics and qualities. In this article, we explore social vulnerability from children’s perspectives and consider whether their self-esteem provides evidence for risk of social marginalisation, here understood as … [Read More] Who’s at Risk? Expanding the categorical understanding of children at risk of social exclusion through measures of self-esteem – Nordic Social Work Research

Latest issue: Australian Journal of Social Issues: Volume 51 Issue 4 December 2016 – Australian Social Policy Association

The AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL ISSUES is published by the Australian Social Policy Association to provide an inter-disciplinary forum for debate on significant and controversial social policy issues. It deals with questions of social justice as most broadly defined. Articles discuss particular social issues, review conceptual problems, present empirical studies and debate policy alternatives. Table … [Read More] Latest issue: Australian Journal of Social Issues: Volume 51 Issue 4 December 2016 – Australian Social Policy Association

Inequality and inequity – Social Science Research

ABSTRACT Kelley and Evans (2017) found that income inequality (measured at the societal level) did not affect individual well-being in advanced societies but increased individual well-being in developing societies. This paper discusses how this empirical patterning of the inequality-well-being relationship may arise from mechanisms related to the relationship of inequality with economic development (at the … [Read More] Inequality and inequity – Social Science Research

The new income inequality and well-being paradigm – Social Science Research

ABSTRACT Based on earlier, mainly aggregate analyses, conventional wisdom previously held that income inequality reduces happiness. But aggregate models consistently yield misleading results in this domain, substantially because of intractable problems of sample size, confounding omitted variables, and conditional effects differing between poor developing nations, rich advanced nations, and nations in transition from Communism. Based … [Read More] The new income inequality and well-being paradigm – Social Science Research

New research shows how family inheritances deepen intergenerational inequality – Intergenerational Foundation

Extract from an article by David Kingman David Kingman reports on the findings of a recent piece of research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies that looks at family inheritances. Family inheritances are set to exacerbate both inter- and intra-generational inequality: this is the main implication of an important new piece of researchthat has recently … [Read More] New research shows how family inheritances deepen intergenerational inequality – Intergenerational Foundation

Childhood Abuse and Neglect has Negative Effect on Living Standards in Middle Age, study finds – Centre for Longitudinal Studies

News- Extract People who experience maltreatment during childhood are more likely to be unemployed and less likely to own their homes by age 50. They also have higher odds of receiving income-related benefits, are more likely to have been off work with long-term sickness, and tend to have more financial problems, compared to those who … [Read More] Childhood Abuse and Neglect has Negative Effect on Living Standards in Middle Age, study finds – Centre for Longitudinal Studies

The Economy of Influence: Integrity for Inclusive Growth – OECD

Extract from an article by Rolf Alter, Director of the OECD Public Governance and Territorial Development Directorate Integrity can significantly boost inclusive growth and sustainable development, by assuring fair and efficient resource allocation, stimulating competition and investment, and fostering innovation. Curbing bribery of public officials and promoting responsible business conduct is important to create a level … [Read More] The Economy of Influence: Integrity for Inclusive Growth – OECD

We can’t go on pretending that poverty is solved by getting a job (UK) – British Politics & Policy at LSE

Extract from an article by Chris Johnes Chris Johnes argues that getting a job is not necessarily a route out of poverty. Rising costs and falling real wages means that having a job won’t necessarily allow you to make ends meet. What’s worse, the auterity programme is hitting low-income households disproportionately hardest. We must, therefore, rethink the prevailing attitude towards taxes and … [Read More] We can’t go on pretending that poverty is solved by getting a job (UK) – British Politics & Policy at LSE

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