Administering welfare reform: International transformations by Paul Henman, Menno Fenger

By Paul Henman, Menno Fenger

While reforms of welfare rules were broadly analysed, the reform of welfare management has acquired a ways much less awareness. utilizing empirical case reviews, this ebook offers major new insights into the best way welfare management is being the world over remodeled. specific awareness is given to the impact on welfare consumers, employees and agencies."Administering welfare reform" provides a serious research of governance practices in welfare management and examines shifts within the contributors, practices and strategies of welfare management. It provides unique empirical case reports that spotlight the consequences of reforming welfare governance on welfare matters, employees and firms and offers a much-needed overseas and comparative viewpoint of adjusting welfare governance.This ebook is geared toward students and complex scholars of sociology, social coverage, economics, public management and administration, in addition to social coverage practitioners and repair supply workers.

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Dean and B. Hindess (eds) Governing, Australia, Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, pp 87-107. Dean, M. (1999) Governmentality, London: Sage Publications. Dean, M. (2002a) ‘Powers of life and death beyond governmentality’, Cultural Values, vol 6, no 1-2, pp 119-38. Dean, M. (2002b) ‘Liberal government and authoritarianism’, Economy and Society, vol 31, no 1, pp 37-61. Dean, M. and Hindess, B. (eds) (1998) Governing Australia, Melbourne: Cambridge University Press. Dearman, P. (2005) ‘Computer ised infor mation systems and professional autonomy: the record of social work’, PhD thesis, Monash University.

Further more, computer technologies mesh with governmental rationalities to intensify the surveillance of welfare agencies and staff – through the automatic recording and analysis of performance indicators (Adler and Henman, 2001) – and of welfare subjects (Henman, 2004). Concomitant with risk discourses, to which they give rise, such electronic apparatuses also provide the means to think about, implement and intensify targeted forms of governing welfare (Henman, 2004, 2005). It is because of the key constitutive role of electronic ICTs in welfare practices, that a governmentality of welfare reform must examine the governmental practices embodied in and promulgated by such technology to observe both the micro-politics of power and the ways in which such electronic power is enmeshed with (and even in tension with) dominant political rationalities of welfare reform (Henman and Adler, 2003; Henman and Dean, 2004; Dearman, 2005).

For example, how does the shift in language from client and citizenship to consumer, customer and taxpayer reconstitute the nature of welfare power relations? A governmentality of welfare reform would also give attention to the language of ‘risk’ as a new organising concept for thinking about 27 Administering welfare reform social welfare policy. In particular, it would show that with the new focus on statistical probabilities and possible futures, ‘need’ has been displaced by ‘risk’, and policy naturally becomes targeted (O’Malley, 1992; Ericson and Haggerty, 1997; Kemshall, 2002; Henman, 2004).

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