Children's agency and the welfare state: Policy priorities and contradictions in Australia and the UK

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    Abstract

    Since the early 1990s, liberal welfare regimes have begun to treat lone parents as workers rather than as carers. This has happened in conjunction with an ongoing 'moral panic' about the need to develop policies to invest in children, and to protect them from adult worlds. The purpose of this article is to analyse contradictions within and between these strands of policy in two liberal welfare states - Australia and the UK. The article argues that recent welfare-to-work policies in both countries bring into sharp relief the contradictions inherent in assumptions that welfare states make about the agency of lone parents as workers and carers, and of children as incompetent.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)470-484
    Number of pages15
    JournalChildhood
    Volume17
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

    Keywords

    • agency
    • Australia
    • children
    • lone parents
    • protection
    • UK
    • welfare-to-work

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