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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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The early 21st century: Labour-led developments

The early 21st century: Labour-led developments

(p.195) Nine The early 21st century: Labour-led developments
Poverty, policy and the state

Michael O’Brien

Policy Press

The changes that had begun in the 1980s moved significantly further as the Labour-led government progressed with the globalisation of the New Zealand economy and the redirection of social security and income assistance. ‘Social development’ provided both the framework for the social-security changes and the link between the government's economic policies and social security. Within that framework, paid work became a very explicit focus for the development of citizenship, particularly through WFF, with its extension of in-work benefits, through the changes to social-security assistance and through the focus and structure of the core benefit. While there are important differences from the approach of the 1990s, these differences do not ensure the abolition of poverty, and in many respects current policy firms up the directions of the previous fifteen years and consolidates poverty for those who rely on a social-security benefit.

Keywords:   Third Way, social security, Labour-led government, social development, poverty

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