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The influence of faith-based organisations on Australian social policy

Howe, Brian and Howe, Renate 2012, The influence of faith-based organisations on Australian social policy, Australian journal of social issues, vol. 47, no. 3, Special Issue : Social policy and religion, pp. 319-333.

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Title The influence of faith-based organisations on Australian social policy
Author(s) Howe, Brian
Howe, Renate
Journal name Australian journal of social issues
Volume number 47
Issue number 3
Season Special Issue : Social policy and religion
Start page 319
End page 333
Total pages 15
Publisher Australian Council of Social Service
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, NSW
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0157-6321
1839-4655
Keyword(s) outsourcing
religion
social policy
nonprofit organisations
stat and territory government administration
Summary This historical overview explores the crucial and changing relationships between faith-based organisations and governments, not only in the implementation of social services but also in the formation of social policy. Historically Australian governments have left large areas of social provision to the non-government sector. For example, income support for the unemployed was not taken up by governments until World War II and income support for sole parents remained largely a responsibility for non-government organisations (NGOs) until the 1970s. Prior to governments taking responsibility for income support, most of these NGOs were religious organisations surviving on donations, philanthropic support and limited government funding. It is argued that the dominant, semi-public role of religious organisations in service delivery and social policy formation is an important but largely overlooked aspect of the Australian historical experience.
Language eng
Field of Research 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 950404 Religion and Society
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2012
Copyright notice ©2012, Australian Council of Social Service
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30061864

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