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Policy change, public attitudes and social citizenshipDoes neoliberalism matter?$
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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 future of social citizenship

The future of social citizenship

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(p.215) Eight The future of social citizenship
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Policy change, public attitudes and social citizenship
Author(s):

Louise Humpage

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847429650.003.0008

Framed as a hegemonic, all-powerful ideology, neoliberalism is said to have become the ‘common sense of the times’. That a global financial crisis caused by neoliberal economics did not seriously challenge its dominance appeared to confirm this view. Yet the preceding four empirical chapters explored a range of propositions tapping into New Zealand views about the right to decent work and wages, economic and social security, healthcare, education and superannuation, as well as the principle of equality. This chapter thus argues that support for social citizenship has survived into the 21st century, even if most New Zealanders would not use or recognise the term ‘social citizenship’ as defined by T.H. Marshall. Nonetheless, in summarising key attitudinal trends across three phases of neoliberalisation and across three countries, the first section of this chapter provides evidence that the public rolled over and endorsed (or at least came to accept) neoliberal values in key policy areas, most notably social security. The book concludes with a second section that considers how these findings can inform advocates wishing to galvanise public support for social citizenship in the 21st century and beyond.

Keywords:   neoliberalism, neoliberalisation, social citizenship, future, New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom

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