Indirect government controls over Australia's social security expenditure : a Foucauldian analysis

Grose, Robert J. 2011, Indirect government controls over Australia's social security expenditure : a Foucauldian analysis, Managerial auditing journal, vol. 26, no. 6, pp. 519-533.

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Title Indirect government controls over Australia's social security expenditure : a Foucauldian analysis
Author(s) Grose, Robert J.
Journal name Managerial auditing journal
Volume number 26
Issue number 6
Start page 519
End page 533
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Place of publication Bingley, England
Publication date 2011
ISSN 0268-6902
1758-7735
Keyword(s) Australia
Indirect government
Foucault
Disciplinary power
Surveillance
Normalization
Summary Purpose – The aim of this study is to examine how the use of indirect government control mechanisms is used as a means of holding government agencies such as job network providers and recipients of social security benefits accountable. The mechanisms of indirect government will be examined using Michel Foucault's discourses on disciplinary power, surveillance and normalisation.

Design/methodology/approach – The mechanisms of indirect government are investigated through a survey questionnaire and focus group interviews. The questionnaire is assessed and analysed using descriptive statistics and principal component analysis with varimax rotation.

Findings – It is found that the rationing and disciplinary mechanisms of the breaching regime, through a process of disciplinary power, surveillance and normalisation, combine to help hold government agencies and recipients of social security benefits accountable, which in turn helps control the level of social security expenditure.

Originality/value – The current study extends our understanding of the functions of indirect government by providing an applied example of how the process of government works indirectly through government agencies and the abundant rules and regulations that underpin such bureaucracies.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 150102 Auditing and Accountability
Socio Economic Objective 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30039957

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