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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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Social security: how social, how secure?

Social security: how social, how secure?

(p.225) Ten Social security: how social, how secure?
Poverty, policy and the state

Michael O’Brien

Policy Press

This chapter draws together central reflections around the changing nature of citizenship and the effects of these changes on income adequacy and prevention/alleviation of poverty. It reflects on these changes and their implications for the development of social security in New Zealand. The chapter engages with the key question of why the changes have moved in the particular direction they have and reflects more directly and comprehensively on the their consequences, particularly in relation to the implications for those working-age people relying on social-security benefits and, even more importantly, their dependants.

Keywords:   New Zealand, citizenship, poverty prevention, income adequacy, social security

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