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After Beveridge : the state and voluntary action in Australia /

by Smyth, Paul | Brotherhood of St Laurence.

Publisher: Fitzroy, Vic. unpub. (Brotherhood of St Laurence) 2008; Manchester, U.K.Beveridge and voluntary action in Britain and the wider British world edited by Melanie Oppenheimer and Nicholas Deakin 2011Description: pp. 149-165.Online Access: DOWNLOAD PDF Notes: Paper presented at conference: ?William Beveridge?s Voluntary Action 60 years On?. Australian High Commission, College of London 27-28 November 2008 Paul Smyth, General Manager, Research & Policy Centre, Brotherhood of St Laurence Professorial Fellow, Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne; Indexed chapter 12 by Paul Smyth, General Manager Research and Policy Centre Brotherhood of St Laurence (2003-2013 )Availability: (2)
Australia's welfare wars : the players, the politics and the ideologies / Philip Mendes.

by Mendes, Philip, 1964- [author.].

Edition: 3rd edition.Publisher: Sydney, N.S.W. NewSouth Publishing, 2017Description: pages.Summary: In this fully revised third edition of Australia’s Welfare Wars, Philip Mendes questions many of the key values and assumptions that determine contemporary social welfare policies, and the factors and forces that shape these policies in Australia.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Beveridge and voluntary action in Britain and the wider British world /

by Oppenheimer, Melanie (ed.) | Deakin, Nicholas (ed.).

Publisher: Manchester, U.K. Manchester University Press 2011Description: vii, 195 p.Notes: Chapter 12. "After Beveridge: the state and voluntary action in Australia" by Paul Smyth, General Manager Research and Policy Centre Brotherhood of St Laurence (2003- ) Contents: 1. Beveridge and voluntary action / Melanie Oppenheimer and Nicholas Deakin -- 2. Voluntarism, the state, and public-private partnerships in Beveridge's social thought / Josie Harris -- 3.'The night's insane dream of power' / William Beveridge on the uses and abuses of state power / Nicholas Deakin -- 4. The war and charity / Frank Prochaska -- 5. 'Organisations for brotherly aid in misfortune': Beveridge and the friendly societies / Dan Weinbren -- 6. Beveridge in the Antipodes: the 1948 tour / Melanie Oppenheimer -- 7. Voluntary politics: the sector's political function from Beveridge to Deakin / James McKay -- 8. Youth in action? British young people and voluntary service: 1958-1970 / Georgina Brewis -- 9. Voluntary action and the rural poor in the age of globalisation / Jill Roe -- 10. Voluntary Action in Britain since Beveridge / Pat Thane -- 11. Beveridge, the voluntary principle and New Zealand's 'Social Laboratory' / Margaret Tennant -- 12. After Beveridge: the state and voluntary action in Australia / Paul Smyth -- 13. The Great White North and Voluntary Action: Canada's relationship with Beveridge, social welfare, and social justice / Peter R. Elson Includes index Donated by Paul SmythSummary: "The relationship between the state and the voluntary sector has changed significantly since 1948 when Beveridge's major report, Voluntary Action, was first published. Sixty years later, a group of historians analyse and reassess the impact of Beveridge's ideas about voluntary action for social advance in this timely volume. Using examples from the UK, Australasia and Canada, this book clearly articulates the importance and significance of Beveridge's ideas on voluntary action within an international context. ; With the emphasis of governments on the importance of the voluntary or 'third sector' and the development of policies and practices to enhance social capital, build civil society and engage communities, this book will be invaluable for those interested in how the third sector has evolved over time. It will be of interest to historians, social policy researchers, political theorists, economists and educationalists." -- Publisher webpageAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Buying and Selling the Poor : Inside Australia's privatised welfare-to-work market / Siobhan Sullivan, Michael McGann and Mark Considine

by O'Sullivan, Siobhan | McGann, Michael | Considine, Mark.

Publisher: Sydney, NSW : Sydney University Press, 2021Description: 284 p. ; 21 cm.Summary: Buying and Selling the Poor ventures behind the scenes of the multibillion-dollar welfare-to-work system, offering new insights into how Australia responds to unemployment and disadvantage. As the authors tell the story of four local employment offices, they paint a vivid picture of a critically important social service which many people are aware of but which few properly understand. They also reveal the wider impacts that processes of marketisation and welfare reform have had on these frontline services over decades, and how the work of frontline staff and service providers has been transformed. Buying and Selling the Poor looks closely at how these services operate, why some succeed where others fail, and what can be learned from the stories of local staff and clients who have navigated the system. Three decades into this market experiment, how well are we doing in supporting our most vulnerable citizens to get back to work?Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Class in Australia.

by Threadgold, Steven.(ed.) | Gerrard, Jessica (ed.).

Publisher: Clayton, Vic. Monash University Pub, 2022Description: 1 Volume. viii, 270 p.Summary: Two decades since it was claimed that class is dead, social, economic and cultural inequalities are rising. Though Australia is often described as a ‘lucky country’ with a strong economy, we are witness to intensifying inequality with entrenched poverty and the growth of precarious and insecure labour. The disconnect of the rusted-on Labor voter and the rise of far-right politics suggest there is an urgent need to examine the contemporary functions of class relations. Class analysis in Australia has always had a contested position. The prominence of scholarship from the UK and US has often meant class analysis in Australia has had little to say about its settler colonial history and the past and present dynamics of race and racism that are deeply embedded in social and labour relations. In the post-war turn away from Marx and subsequent embrace of Bourdieu, much sociological research on class has focused on explorations of consumption and culture. Long-standing feminist critiques of the absence of gendered labour in class analysis also pose challenges for understanding and researching class. At a time of deepening inequality, Class in Australia brings together a range of new and original research for a timely examination of class relations, labour exploitation, and the changing formations of work in contemporary Australian society. ‘This book is a powerful and vibrant study of the complex realities of class in modern Australia. It brings to light the intersection of class with gender, race, and the ongoing dispossession of First Nations peoples, and dispels the myth that class division is not relevant to the contemporary age.’ – Sally McManus, ACTU Secretary ‘From colonial inequality to Upper Middle Bogan, this captivating volume dives deep into how class has shaped our nation. Through studies of the unemployed, warehouse workers, unions and school students, this book presents the finest analysis of class that Australian sociology has to offer. Read it to get a richer understanding of poverty, a stronger sense of social status, and a nuanced analysis of how gender, race and sexuality intersect with class.’ – Andrew Leigh MP ‘Class is central to Australians’ lives but it is rarely analysed or even talked about. In this book Threadgold and Gerrard have pulled together the foremost thinkers on class, intersectionality and prejudice in Australia.’ – Hon Dr Meredith Burgmann AM ‘This is a must-read collection for anyone interested in the topic of class in Australia. This collection digs deeps and engages with relevant and timely discussions about class using both an historical and contemporary lens. For anyone who is teaching, studying, or writing about class as theory or method, this book will open up rich and productive conversations. Class is an enduring problematic, both as a descriptor, heuristic device or theoretical framework. This collection aptly responds to this problematic, engaging with class across multiple intersections including gender, race and space. It taps into class as symbolic and ephemeral whilst also highlighting the material, tangible divisions that it produces.’ – Dr. Emma Rowe, Senior Lecturer in Education, Deakin University ‘Class in Australia is a timely provocation to social scientists to rethink class, offering a series of deep reflections on the complexities and opportunities of class-based analysis. An inspiring collection of authors brings new questions, conceptual frameworks and methodologies to class analysis. Acknowledging that the dynamics of settler colonialism are central, this collection is positioned to invigorate familiar approaches focusing on education, migration, and labour, gender, sexuality, and cultural representations. The new class analysis starts here.’ – Johanna Wyn, Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor, The University of MelbourneAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Data in society : challenging statistics in an age of globalisation / edited by Jeff Evans, Sally Ruane, Humphrey Southall.

by Evans, Jeff | Ruane, Sally | Southall, Humphrey.

Publisher: Bristol, U.K. Policy Press 2019Description: xix, 393 p.Notes: Foreword by Danny DorlingAvailability: No items available Checked out (1).
Deliverology 101 : a field guide for educational leaders / Michael Barber with Andy Moffit and Paul Kihn.

by Barber, Michael, 1955- | Moffit, Andy | Kihn, Paul, 1966- | U.S. Education Delivery Institute | Ontario Principals' Council.

Publisher: Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin Press ; 2011Description: xx, 281 p. : charts, ports.Notes: "A joint publication with U.S. Education Delivery Institute, Ontario Principals' Council."Summary: The authors illustrate a field-tested program that ensures reform is achieved in the most profound sense, with students able to see, feel, and reap the benefits of a high-quality education. --from publisher description.Availability: No items available Checked out (1).
Deliverology in practice : how education leaders are improving student outcomes / Michael Barber, Nick Rodriguez, Ellyn Artis.

by Barber, Michael, 1955- | Rodriguez, Nick (Nickolas) | Artis, Ellyn | U.S. Education Delivery Institute [issuing body.].

Publisher: Thousand Oaks, California : Corwin, 2016Description: xiv, 367 p. : ill.Notes: A joint publication with the U.S. Education Delivery Institute.Summary: The follow up book to Deliverology 101, this book provides much needed support for educational leaders to reach student achievement targets that culminate in improving the college and career readiness of their high school graduates and ensuring their success in post-secondary education.Availability: No items available Checked out (1).
Homelessness in Australia : an introduction / edited by Chris Chamberlain, Guy Johnson & Catherine Robinson.

by Chamberlain, Chris, 1948- [editor.] | Johnson, Guy [editor.] | Robinson, Catherine (Catherine Francoise) [editor.].

Publisher: Sydney, NSW : NewSouth Publishing, 2014Copyright date: �2014Description: xiv, 297 pages ; 24 cm.Summary: What is homelessness? Who counts as homeless? Whose responsibility is homelessness? In Homelessness in Australia, leading experts offer timely insights into the history, cases and extent of homelessness in this country - and the future policy directions most likely to have a positive impact. Chapters cover issues such as gender, Indigenous homelessness, family violence, young people, older people, the effects of trauma and reforming the service system. This book is essential reading for all those who want to end homelessness in Australia.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
How inequality runs in families : unfair advantage and the limits of social mobility / Gideon Calder.

by Calder, Gideon, 1971- [author.].

Publisher: Bristol Policy Press, 2016Description: xi, 132 pages ; 20 cm.Summary: Most people agree that every child deserves an equal chance to flourish. Most also value family life. Yet the family plays a surprisingly crucial part in maintaining inequality from one generation to the next. The children of disadvantaged parents typically achieve less and die younger. Early in their school careers, even the most able among them fall behind their better-off peers. They are then 8 times less likely to attend a top university. In the UK, as in other rich countries, the ‘playing-field’ is anything but level. This book explores how seemingly mundane aspects of family life – from the right to inherit income, to the reading of bedtime stories – raise fundamental questions of social justice. Taking fairness seriously, it argues, means rethinking what equality of opportunity means.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Inequality : what can be done? / Anthony B. Atkinson.

by Atkinson, A. B. (Anthony (Tony) Barnes), 1944-.

Publisher: Cambridge : Harvard University Press, 2015Description: xi, 384 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.Notes: Formerly CIP.Summary: Inequality is one of our most urgent social problems. Curbed in the decades after World War II, it has recently returned with a vengeance. We all know the scale of the problem—talk about the 99% and the 1% is entrenched in public debate—but there has been little discussion of what we can do but despair. According to the distinguished economist Anthony Atkinson, however, we can do much more than skeptics imagine. Atkinson has long been at the forefront of research on inequality, and brings his theoretical and practical experience to bear on its diverse problems. He presents a comprehensive set of policies that could bring about a genuine shift in the distribution of income in developed countries. The problem, Atkinson shows, is not simply that the rich are getting richer. We are also failing to tackle poverty, and the economy is rapidly changing to leave the majority of people behind. To reduce inequality, we have to go beyond placing new taxes on the wealthy to fund existing programs. We need fresh ideas. Atkinson thus recommends ambitious new policies in five areas: technology, employment, social security, the sharing of capital, and taxation. He defends these against the common arguments and excuses for inaction: that intervention will shrink the economy, that globalization makes action impossible, and that new policies cannot be afforded. More than just a program for change, Atkinson’s book is a voice of hope and informed optimism about the possibilities for political action.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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Mission economy : a moonshot guide to changing capitalism / Mariana Mazzucato.

by Mazzucato, Mariana, 1968- [author.].

Publisher: [London], UK : Allen Lane, 2021Description: 244 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.Availability: No items available Checked out (1).
Our kids : the American Dream in crisis / Robert D. Putnam.

by Putnam, Robert D.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2015Description: 386 p.Summary: "A groundbreaking examination of the growing inequality gap from the bestselling author of Bowling Alone: why fewer Americans today have the opportunity for upward mobility. It's the American dream: get a good education, work hard, buy a house, and achieve prosperity and success. This is the America we believe in--a nation of opportunity, constrained only by ability and effort. But during the last twenty-five years we have seen a disturbing "opportunity gap" emerge. Americans have always believed in equality of opportunity, the idea that all kids, regardless of their family background, should have a decent chance to improve their lot in life. Now, this central tenet of the American dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was. Robert Putnam--about whom The Economist said, "his scholarship is wide-ranging, his intelligence luminous, his tone modest, his prose unpretentious and frequently funny"--offers a personal but also authoritative look at this new American crisis. Putnam begins with his high school class of 1959 in Port Clinton, Ohio. By and large the vast majority of those students--"our kids"--went on to lives better than those of their parents. But their children and grandchildren have had harder lives amid diminishing prospects. Putnam tells the tale of lessening opportunity through poignant life stories of rich and poor kids from cities and suburbs across the country, drawing on a formidable body of research done especially for this book. Our Kids is a rare combination of individual testimony and rigorous evidence. Putnam provides a disturbing account of the American dream that should initiate a deep examination of the future of our country"--; "The best-selling author of Bowling Alone offers a groundbreaking examination of the American Dream in crisis: how and why opportunities for upward mobility are diminishing, jeopardizing the prospects of an ever larger segment of Americans"--Availability: No items available Checked out (1).
Paid work beyond pension age : comparative perspectives / [edited by] Simone Scherger, University of Bremen, Germany.

by Scherger, Simone.

Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire New York, NY Palgrave Macmillan, 2015Description: pages cm.Summary: In many countries, the number of people working beyond pension age is increasing. This volume investigates the shifting relationship between work and retirement which challenges the traditional notion of work-free retirement. In the first part of the book, country studies discuss the individual drivers and institutional circumstances of work beyond retirement in the UK, the USA, Germany, Italy, Sweden, China and Russia. The contributions in the second part look at the contexts of longer working lives, focusing on company policies, pension systems and similar welfare regulations, including their cultural dimension. Finally, the chapters in the third part discuss the consequences of the changing balance between work and retirement for individual wellbeing, the meaning of old age and social inequalitiesAvailability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Plunder of the commons : a manifesto for sharing public wealth / Guy Standing.

by Standing, Guy.

Publisher: [London] : Pelican, 2019Description: xviii, 401 p.Summary: A vital and incisive solution to many of the problems society faces today: we must reclaim the commons. We are losing the commons. Austerity and neoliberal policies have depleted our shared wealth; our national utilities have been sold off to foreign conglomerates, social housing is almost non-existent, our parks are cordoned off for private events and our national art galleries are sponsored by banks and oil companies. This plunder deprives us all of our common rights, recognized as far back as the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest of 1217, to share fairly and equitably in our public wealth. Guy Standing leads us through a new appraisal of the commons, stemming from the medieval concept of common land reserved in ancient law from marauding barons, to his modern reappraisal of the resources we all hold in common - a brilliant new synthesis that crystallises quite how much public wealth has been redirected to the 1% in recent decades through the state-approved exploitation of everything from our land to our state housing, health and benefit systems, to our justice system, schools, newspapers and even the air we breathe. Plunder of the Commons proposes a charter for a new form of commoning, of remembering, guarding and sharing that which belongs to us all, to slash inequality and soothe our current political instability.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Power and Connection : The International Development of Local Area Coordination Eddie Bartnik

by Bartnik, Eddie | Centre for Welfare Reform | Broad, Ralph.

Publisher: [Sheffield, United Kingdom] Centre for Welfare Reform 2021Description: 157 p. ill. col., diags.Online Access: Local Area Coordination Network - Book review Summary: Local Area Coordination is one of the most important and promising social innovations in the world today. This book provides an up-to-date account of the evolution of Local Area Coordination since its beginnings in Western Australia in the late 1980s. It summarises all of the relevant research and identifies the key developmental strategies necessary for successful implementation. The book's authors, Eddie Bartnik and Ralph Broad, are two of the leading figures in the international development of Local Area Coordination and the book is supplemented by research and stories from many other practitioners and researchers. The book also includes the stories of people who have experienced the positive impact of Local Area Coordination. Building on the original core Western Australia Local Area Coordination foundations and Framework, the last five years have seen an exciting period of intensive international learning, adaptation and growth. This includes moving towards a 'whole community' approach, ensuring easier access and no barriers to early help, increasing reach across the whole system and emerging international collaboration, mutual support and shared learning. This learning has also further improved the understanding and embedding of broader elements, or building blocks, of design and implementation. These are critical to effectively 'getting started', building authentic relationships with people, families, communities and service partners and, importantly, consistency of outcomes, influence, scaling up and sustainability. The authors end by sharing their vision of a 5-year plan for Local Area Coordination in a post COVID-19 world, alongside people and families, embedded in community and in partnership with formal services. Chapters in the book are organised to highlight the key themes that underpin the sustained Local Area Coordination international development. These themes include clarity of the purpose and international history of Local Area Coordination (Chapter 1), the 'must haves' of the Local Area Coordination Framework and the maturing connection to whole system reform (Chapter 2), the building blocks for ensuring fidelity and embedding sustainability (Chapter 3), stories of change and impact (Chapter 4), the growing evidence base to sustain 'A Leap of Fact' (Chapter 5), new horizons as a whole community approach, in new countries and as a key community and service resource in a time of pandemic (Chapter 6) and the critical importance of leadership development and learning networks (Chapter 7). The authors end by sharing their vision of a 5-year plan for Local Area Coordination in a post COVID-19 world, alongside people and families, embedded in community and in partnership with formal services.Availability: (1) Checked out (1).
Precarious enterprise on the margins : work, poverty, and homelessness in the city / Jessica Gerrard.

by Gerrard, Jessica.

Publisher: New York : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]Description: xiii, 214 p. : ill.Notes: Summary from publishers website.Summary: This book explores the contemporary conditions of marginal work within the context of persistent unemployment, poverty, and homelessness in wealthy nations. Drawing from research concerning three cities—Melbourne, San Francisco, and London—Jessica Gerrard offers a rich account of one of the most precarious informal forms of work: selling homeless street press (The Big Issue and Street Sheet). Combining analyses of sellers’ everyday work experiences with theorizations of marginality, working, and learning, Gerrard provides much-needed insight into contemporary forms of entrepreneurial and precarious work. This book demonstrates that those who are unemployed and seemingly unproductive are, in fact, highly productive. They value, desire, and seek practical work experience whilst also struggling to fulfill the basic needs that many of us take for granted.Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Reframing global social policy: social investment for sustainable and inclusive growth edited by Christopher Deeming and Paul Smyth

by Deeming, Christopher (ed.) | Smyth, Paul (ed.).

Publisher: Bristol, U.K Policy Press 2018Description: xv, 350 p.Summary: Christopher Deeming and Paul Smyth together with internationally renowned contributors propose that the merging of the ‘social investment’ and ‘inclusive growth and development’ agendas is forging an unprecedented global social policy framework. The book shows how these key ideas together with the environmental imperative of ‘sustainability’ are shaping a new global development agenda. This framework opens the way to a truly global social policy discipline making it essential reading for those working in social and public policy, politics, economics and development as well geographical and environmental sciences. In the spirit of the UN’s Sustainability Goals, the book will assist all those seeking to forge a new policy consensus for the 21st century based on Social Investment for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development. Contributors include Giuliano Bonoli, Marius Busemeyer, Sarah Cook, Guillem López-Casasnovas, Anton Hemerijck, Stephan Klasen, Huck-ju Kwon, Tim Jackson, Jane Jenson, Jon Kvist, James Midgley, and Günther Schmid. Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
Should we abolish household debts? / Johnna Montgomerie.

by Montgomerie, Johnna.

Publisher: Medford, MA : Polity, Description: x, 140 p.Summary: "We live in a culture of credit. As wages have stagnated over the past few decades, we've seen a dramatic surge in private borrowing across the western world, with increasing numbers of households sucked into a hopeless vortex of spiralling debt fuelled by exploitative lending. This punchy and original book argues that this situation is chronically dysfunctional, both individually and collectively. Johnna Montgomerie shows that abolishing household debts can help us end austerity and the unsustainable forward march of debt-driven growth. She threads together astute economic analysis with an accessible guide to practical policy solutions, such as extending unconventional monetary policy to the household sector, providing pragmatic and affordable refinancing options, and writing off the most pernicious elements of household debt. This framework, she contends, can help us make our economy fairer and tackle both the housing crisis and accelerating inequality. This book will appeal to the growing numbers of people interested in creating alternative paths to economic renewal, and offers an inspiring agenda that can change our collective future"--; "This punchy and original book argues that our 'culture of credit' is chronically dysfunctional, both individually and collectively. Johnna Montgomerie shows that abolishing household debts can help us end austerity and the unsustainable forward march of debt-driven growth"--Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
The precariat : the new dangerous class /

by Standing, Guy.

Publisher: London, U.K. Bloomsbury Academic 2014Description: xi, 336 p.Notes: Bibliography : p. 317-325 Index : p. 327-336 "First published in [2011] by Bloomsbury Academic."Summary: Described by Noam Chomsky as 'a very important book', Guy Standing's The Precariat has achieved cult status as the first account of this emerging class of people, facing lives of insecurity, moving in and out of jobs that give little meaning to their lives. Guy Standing warns that the rapid growth of the precariat is producing instabilities in society. It is a dangerous class because it is internally divided, leading to the villainisation of migrants and other vulnerable groups. And, lacking agency, its members may be susceptible to the siren calls of political extremism. He argues for a new politics, in which redistribution and income security are reconfigured and in which the fears and aspirations of the precariat are made central to a progressive strategy. Since first publication of this book in 2011, the precariat has become an ever more significant global phenomenon, highly visible in the Occupy movement and in protest movements around the world. In a new preface Guy Standing discusses such developments - are they indicative of the emergence of a new collective spirit, or do they simply reveal the growing size and growing anger of this new class?Availability: Items available for loan: Brotherhood of St Laurence (1).
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