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Wedge politics and welfare reform in Australia

Wilson, Shaun; Turnbull, Nick


The election of the Howard Government has marked a paradigm shift in welfare policy with the implementation of far reaching reforms around the concept of mutual obligation. At the same time, there has been media speculation about the Government's use of “wedge politics” to sustain its political agenda with respect to welfare and other policies. Wedge politics, however, is yet to receive detailed analysis in Australian political science. We define wedge politics to be a calculated political...[Show more]

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Date published: 2001
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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