Buying and Selling the Poor ventures behind the scenes of the multibillion-dollar welfare-to-work system, offering new insights into how Australia responds to unemployment and disadvantage. As the authors tell the story of four local employment offices, they paint a vivid picture of a critically important social service which many people are aware of but which few properly understand. They also reveal the wider impacts that processes of marketisation and welfare reform have had on these frontline services over decades, and how the work of frontline staff and service providers has been transformed.
Buying and Selling the Poor
looks closely at how these services operate, why some succeed where others
fail, and what can be learned from the stories of local staff and clients who
have navigated the system. Three decades into this market experiment, how well
are we doing in supporting our most vulnerable citizens to get back to work?
Mark Considine is Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor of Political Science in the School of Social and Political Studies, University of Melbourne.
Michael McGann is Research Fellow in the Social Sciences Institute at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. He specialises in the sociology of unemployment and the governance of activation, with a particular focus on the marketisation of public employment services.
Siobhan O’Sullivan is a public policy scholar based at UNSW in Sydney. She has studied welfare-to-work in Australia, the UK and elsewhere, over many years.
Preface: On History, Poverty, and the Continuous Quest for Reform
1. The Politics of Managing the Poor
2. Thinking Inside the Box
3. Wilmore, the Heart of Australian Suburbia
4. ‘Welcome’ to Westgate
5. ‘Downtown’ Crompton
6. The Casual Cove
Conclusion: Success and the Significance of Difference
Glossary of Key Terms
Size: 210 × 148 × 17 mm
Copyright: © 2021
Publication: 01 Dec 2021
Series: Public and Social Policy Series