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Mark Latham's Third Way: Income Support, Civic Renewal and Collectivism

Australian Journal of Social Issues, The
Volume 39 Issue 2 (May 2004)

Abstract: The core aim of Mark Latham's Third Way-style policy proposals is to promote the revivification of civil society as part of the renewed pursuit of the common good. I critically examine this core aim with reference to Mark Latham's proposed changes to income support. I claim that Latham's tendency to focus on disadvantaged communities as sites of normative dysfunction only reinforces the traditional conceptual division between deserving employed citizens and undeserving income recipients. It also neglects the real difficulties experienced by mainstream communities, such as the growing time deficit in working households. I conclude that Latham misses a real opportunity to re-legitimise collective provision and revive the social sphere using a universal rather than a residual policy perspective that shows concern for the well-being of all Australian citizens.

To cite this article: Hammer, Sara. Mark Latham's Third Way: Income Support, Civic Renewal and Collectivism [online]. Australian Journal of Social Issues, The, Vol. 39, No. 2, May 2004: 143-153. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=837855278533859;res=IELHSS> ISSN: 0157-6321. [cited 25 May 16].

Personal Author: Hammer, Sara; Source: Australian Journal of Social Issues, The, Vol. 39, No. 2, May 2004: 143-153 Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 0157-6321 Subject: Australians; Political science; Politicians; Social policy; Affiliation: (1) Lecturer, Department of Politics and Public Policy, Griffith University

Database: Humanities & Social Sciences Collection