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The Australian Welfare State: Has Federalism Made a Difference?

Castles, Francis; Uhr, John


This paper examines the historical development of the Australian welfare state with a view to identifying the role that Australia's federal constitutional arrangements have played in shaping that development. Theoretical paradigms have been unanimous in their prognoses: that federal states are likely to be slow in developing welfare state programmes and typically spend less on them than unitary states. But recently it has been argued that federal institutions may have a "ratchet effect" of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Politics and History
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-8497.2007.00445.x


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