A case study in the politics of retrenchment: the 1997 Coalition Residential Aged Care Structural Reform Package
This paper examines the policy process involved in the development and implementation of the 1997 Aged Care Structural Reform Package in Australia by the Liberal-National Coalition Government. It will be argued that the process used to implement the Reforms and the convoluted path it took is best explained using Paul Pierson’s theory of the politics of welfare retrenchment. The strategies Pierson identifies as important to programmatic and systematic retrenchment were used with varying degrees...[Show more]
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