Policy Change, Public Attitudes and Social Citizenship

Does Neoliberalism Matter?

Louise Humpage

Policy Change, Public Attitudes and Social Citizenship

Louise Humpage

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

272 pages | 6 3/4 x 9 1/2 | © 2014
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9781847429650 Published February 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Neoliberal reforms have both revealed and effected a radical shift in government thinking about social citizenship rights around the world. But have they had a similarly significant impact on public support for these rights? This unique book traces public views on social citizenship across three decades through attitudinal data from New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Australia. It argues that support for some aspects of social citizenship diminished more significantly under certain political regimes than others, and limited public resistance following the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009 suggests the public accepted more neoliberal values. This study will provide food for thought for academics, students, and advocates wishing to galvanise support for social citizenship in the twenty-first century.
Contents

Introduction: from social citizenship to active citizenship

Social citizenship, neoliberalism and attitudinal change

Implementing neoliberalism

Employment and decent wages in a neoliberal economy

Normalising neoliberal social security reforms

The endurance of healthcare, education and superannuation

Equality with little tax or redistribution

The future of social

Review Quotes
LSE Review of Books
“Makes a valuable contribution, and lays the groundwork for further work in this fascinating area.”
Citizen’s Income Newsletter
“A complex book, containing a mass of survey and other data. . . . Thorough and important.”
Hartley Dean | London School of Economics
“Provides an important contribution to knowledge and debate in social policy as well as a helpful review of the labyrinthine literature on social attitudes.”
Jack Vowles | Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
“An extremely useful longitudinal analysis of public attitudes to social policy since the 1980s, placing New Zealand in a wider context of other liberal market economies: theoretically and empirically rich, and well worth attention.”
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