Analyzing the Relationship Between Social Capital and Subjective Well-Being: The Mediating Role of Social Affiliation – Journal of Happiness Studies

ABSTRACT While previous studies have established social capital as an important determinant of subjective well-being (SWB), the broader social context people are living in has not received much attention in terms of SWB. To address this issue, we propose the concept of social affiliation, measuring the feeling of belonging to the social whole, of being … [Read More] Analyzing the Relationship Between Social Capital and Subjective Well-Being: The Mediating Role of Social Affiliation – Journal of Happiness Studies

RoboDebt must go: Community sector calls for end of Centrelink’s auto debt recovery program and the bullying of victims – ACOSS

Media Release A consortium of leading organisations from Australia’s community sector is calling on the government to immediately pull the plug on Centrelink’s RoboDebt, cease the intimidation and bullying of Centrelink clients and their families caught up in the automated debt recovery debacle, and provide a commitment that people’s protected information will not be publicly … [Read More] RoboDebt must go: Community sector calls for end of Centrelink’s auto debt recovery program and the bullying of victims – ACOSS

International Women’s Day 2017

The World, 8th March 2017 IWD 2017 campaign theme: #BeBoldForChange For International Women’s Day 2017, we’re asking you to #BeBoldForChange. Call on the masses or call on yourself to help forge a better working world – a more gender inclusive world. Every person – women, men and non-binary people – can play a part in … [Read More] International Women’s Day 2017

We can reduce poverty, inequality and the budget deficit: ACOSS Budget Submission 2017 – ACOSS

Media Release – Extract The Australian Council of Social Service today called on the Turnbull Government to throw out harsh proposals that have repeatedly failed to pass Parliament and adopt budget policies that are fair and sustainable. “After three years of chasing the ill-conceived 2014 Budget cuts, it’s time the Government recast its Budget strategy … [Read More] We can reduce poverty, inequality and the budget deficit: ACOSS Budget Submission 2017 – ACOSS

Timing it wrong: benefits, income tests, overpayments and debts – Inside Story

Extract from an article by Peter Whiteford and Jane Millar The Centrelink overpayments controversy highlights shortcomings in social security reforms in Australia and Britain Unexpected bills can be a challenge for any household. But for people who rely on social security payments, unexpected news of a significant debt – sometimes dating back years – can … [Read More] Timing it wrong: benefits, income tests, overpayments and debts – Inside Story

Intergenerational accumulation of social disadvantages across generations in young adulthood – Research in Social Stratification and Mobility

ABSTRACT We analyze the intergenerational transmission of social disadvantages in the context of the Finnish welfare state. Previous research on intergenerational transmission has typically concentrated on educational attainment, income and social class as separate factors. Researchers commonly measure parental standing using single indicators that are very general and do not address social disadvantage; rather, these … [Read More] Intergenerational accumulation of social disadvantages across generations in young adulthood – Research in Social Stratification and Mobility

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

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