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Louise Humpage

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781847429650

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847429650.001.0001

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The endurance of healthcare, education and superannuation

The endurance of healthcare, education and superannuation

(p.147) Six The endurance of healthcare, education and superannuation
Policy change, public attitudes and social citizenship

Louise Humpage

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on the ‘universal’ programmes of healthcare, education and — in the New Zealand context — superannuation for the elderly. Across three key sections, it considers whether attempts to marketise, target and/or privatise such programmes have reoriented public views of healthcare, education and economic security in old age as rights of citizenship. The chapter assesses whether attitudes are shaped by fluctuations in spending specific to health, education and old age pensions, as well as total social expenditure. It also considers the impact of ideological affiliation and age on attitudes before comparing the New Zealand data with that from the United Kingdom and Australia. The chapter highlights that continuing public support has placed similar limits on neoliberalisation in all three countries, ensuring the roll-back neoliberalism’s agenda to permanently cut social expenditure in these three policy areas were largely unachieved. This is despite significant policy differences, as exemplified by the UK’s universal National Health Service (NHS) and New Zealand’s universal superannuation.

Keywords:   health, education, pensions, superannuation, attitudes, neoliberalism, New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom

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