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Poverty, policy and the stateThe changing face of social security$
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Mr Mike O'Brien

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861347992

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861347992.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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Poverty, policy and the state
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Michael O’Brien

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861347992.003.0001

As with many other countries, New Zealand has experienced both sweeping economic and social reform and growing poverty and income inequality in the last twenty years. The changes in New Zealand are part of a much wider international set of economic and political changes, including changes in the role and function of social security and income support. This book examines the social-security and income-support changes in that wider context. It looks at a range of excluded groups, especially children, women, lone parents, disabled people, and minority ethnic communities, particularly Māori (the indigenous people of New Zealand) and Pacific peoples.

Keywords:   New Zealand, citizenship, income inequality, Māori, Pacific

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