Politics, globalisation and social security

Michael O’Brien

in Poverty, policy and the state

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9781861347992
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303046 | DOI:
Politics, globalisation and social security

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This chapter provides the academic and theoretical framework for the detailed discussion of policy changes, and their implications, in the chapters that follow. It sets out the basis for the key arguments that are utilised to examine the basis, direction, and implications of the policy developments from 1984 onwards. The literature on globalisation and on the links between globalisation and social security, the welfare state, and social-policy reform provide the basis for the discussion here. The central argument in the chapter is that although globalisation has been important, its importance is expressed, reflected, and managed through sets of political processes and political decisions. Those political decisions have been strongly linked into the increasing globalisation of the New Zealand economy and New Zealand society, but they have had profound effects on the nature of citizenship and social-security provision.

Keywords: New Zealand; globalisation; social security; welfare state; citizenship

Chapter.  9203 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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