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Wedge politics and welfare reform in Australia

Wilson, Shaun; Turnbull, Nick

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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]

dc.contributor.authorWilson, Shaun
dc.contributor.authorTurnbull, Nick
dc.date.accessioned2003-06-10
dc.date.accessioned2004-05-19T18:14:43Z
dc.date.accessioned2011-01-05T08:23:55Z
dc.date.available2004-05-19T18:14:43Z
dc.date.available2011-01-05T08:23:55Z
dc.date.created2001
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/41763
dc.identifier.urihttp://digitalcollections.anu.edu.au/handle/1885/41763
dc.description.abstractThe 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 tactic aimed at using divisive social issues to gain political support, weaken opponents and strengthen control over the political agenda. The purpose of this paper is thus twofold: to develop a definition of wedge politics and to investigate how the Howard Government's welfare reform agenda might be understood as an example of such politics, drawing out its longer-term implications.
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dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.subjectwedge politics
dc.subjectwelfare reform
dc.subjectHoward government
dc.subjectwelfare policy
dc.subjectpolitical tactics
dc.titleWedge politics and welfare reform in Australia
dc.typeWorking/Technical Paper
local.description.refereedno
local.identifier.citationmonthjun
local.identifier.citationyear2001
local.identifier.eprintid1405
local.rights.ispublishedyes
dc.date.issued2001
local.contributor.affiliationPolitical Science Program, RSSS
local.contributor.affiliationANU
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