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 of Contents Volume 51 Issue 4  December 2016 [with links to abstracts]

Introduction for Special Issue on Income Management (pages 393–397) / Philip Mendes, Greg Marston and Ilan Katz

Tensions and contradictions in Australian social policy reform: compulsory Income Management and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (pages 399–417) / Greg Marston, Sally Cowling and Shelley Bielefeld — This paper explores contemporary contradictions and tensions in Australian social policy principles and governmental practices that are being used to drive behavioural change, such as compulsory income management. …

Community worker perceptions of the Income Management regime in Shepparton (pages 419–432) / Banks, Marcus; Tennant, David — This paper focuses on how community workers in Shepparton viewed the impact of the Place Based Income Management (PBIM) trial on the lives of their clients, their clients’ families, and the broader community. The paper responds to criticism that there has been a lack of community voices in the development of PBIM or of their inclusion in the formal evaluation framework, raised in Philip Mendes’s 2013 study of this trial site. …
The normalisation of income management in Australia: Analysis of the parliamentary debates of 2007 and 2009-10 (pages 433–448) / Lovell, Melissa E — nitially introduced as part of Australia’s Northern Territory Intervention in 2007, Income Management (IM) explicitly targeted inhabitants of remote NT Indigenous communities. IM is a form of welfare conditionality that involves compulsorily ‘quarantining’ at least half of individuals’ social security income. It has been heavily criticised for being racist, discriminatory, and a violation of individual rights. …
Seven years of evaluating income management – what have we learnt?: Placing the findings of the New Income Management in the Northern Territory evaluation in context (pages 449–468) / Bray, JRob  — Income management programs – which restrict how some recipients of government transfers can spend these funds – have operated in Australia since 2007. The nature of the programs implemented varies, especially in regard to the combination of voluntary and compulsory elements, and there are also differences in scope and targeting. …

Social Worker Assessed Vulnerable Income Management (pages 469–485) / Bray, JRob; Gray, Mathew; Hand, Kelly; Katz, Ilan — Despite the small size of the sub program, Social Worker Assessed Vulnerable Welfare Payment Recipients Income Management is often cited as a preferred approach to this type of initiative, being tightly targeted at a group of people with identified high needs, and demonstrated poor outcomes. …

Blind-sided by basics: Three perspectives on income management in an Aboriginal community in the Northern Territory (pages 487–502) / Altman, Jon — Income management was introduced into the Northern Territory in 2007. Despite much rhetoric around evidence based policy making and constant reviewing of income management, there has been little grounded research about Aboriginal responses at the community level to this new institution. In this article I report on the operations of income management from a longer term perspective, working with Kuninjku people and retail outlets in the Maningrida region in Arnhem Land. …
Neoliberal subjectivities and the behavioural focus on income management (pages 503–523) / Klein, Elise — This paper specifically addresses the behavioural focus of the income management regime, arguing that through its use of market logic and the reduction of social and political complexity, the regime is a technology of neoliberal governmentality. …
SOURCE: Australian Social Policy Association. “Australian Journal of Social Issues.” Table of Contents Volume 51 Issue 4

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