Acquiescent market citizens? Age and redistributive policy attitudes in Australia

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As in other advanced industrial democracies, tax and welfare policies in Australia over the last few decades have tended to preserve benefits for some groups of citizens while the safety net for others is weakened. Young people, including children, are among those bearing increased social risks which tend to be exacerbated rather than ameliorated by redistributive policies. There is little evidence of discontent about the overall redistributive policy context, suggesting it broadly aligns with public opinion. The research described in this paper set out to explore the factors underpinning the attitudes of young adult and senior Australians towards redistributive policy, whether there were differences between the two age groups, and if there was any support for policy reform. The results suggest that the young participants’ habituation to neo-liberal policy settings, particularly their adherence to individualistic norms, made them less likely than the seniors to express negative attitudes towards existing policy settings or to advocate reform.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-339
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Youth Studies
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Youth
  • tax and transfer policy
  • policy attitudes
  • redistributive policy
  • Political participation


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