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Social security: how social, how secure?

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861347992.003.0010
Social security: how social, how secure?

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This chapter draws together central reflections around the changing nature of citizenship and the effects of these changes on income adequacy and prevention/alleviation of poverty. It reflects on these changes and their implications for the development of social security in New Zealand. The chapter engages with the key question of why the changes have moved in the particular direction they have and reflects more directly and comprehensively on the their consequences, particularly in relation to the implications for those working-age people relying on social-security benefits and, even more importantly, their dependants.

Keywords: New Zealand; citizenship; poverty prevention; income adequacy; social security

Chapter.  8789 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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