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A Civilised Community: A History of Social Security in New Zealand 1898-1998

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A Civilised Community: A History of Social Security in New Zealand 1898-1998

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    Available in PDF Format | A Civilised Community: A History of Social Security in New Zealand 1898-1998.pdf | English
    Margaret McClure (Author)
Who should receive social security? Whose needs are the greatest? Is social security a mark of citizenship or a cause for shame? Should cash benefits provide for basic sustenance or promote a sense of belonging? Does a benefit for sole parents break down family structures? How can the costs of social security be controlled? These questions are not new and have been debated throughout the 20th century. This history traces the development of social security policy in New Zealand from the passage of the Old Age Pensions Act in 1898 through to the recent benefits cuts, the 1997 superannuation referendum and the Code of Social Responsibility of 1998. Margaret McClure examines the slow growth of state benefits in the first three decades of the 20th century before looking at the 1938 Social Security Act, and she explores the changing pattern of state benefits in the postwar period, relating these changes to political developments, social patterns and intellectual currents. The book not only looks at social security as government policy, but draws on the experience of beneficiaries and the lives of ordinary people.
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  • PDF | 320 pages
  • Margaret McClure (Author)
  • Auckland University Press (31 Aug. 1998)
  • English
  • 9
  • History
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