Talking Policy: How Social Policy Is Made


Introduction PART A: Thinking about social policy 1: Theorising social policy 2: The Australian welfare state: Compared and contrasted 3: History Matters 4: Australian liberalism: Ideas at work in Australian social policy 5: Inequality and the Australian welfare state 6: Poverty, ethics and social policy PART B: Making policy 7: State organisations and social policy making Case study: Mandatory sentencing, the nation-state and international law 1991-2004 8: Putting the social into policy: policy making communities Case study: Talking about drugs: Chroming, the press and policy making 9: Talking of metaphors and policy making Case study: Policy change and metaphor - the case of university fees Conclusion: On truth, the state and social policy

Additional information

Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Crows Nest, N.S.W.
Publication year:
  • 2006


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