Selfish Generations?: The Ageing of New Zealand’s Welfare State

Bridget Williams Books
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'Our present welfare state has little good reason to survive much longer, and we will have to find a new basis for its continued existence.’ So writes David Thomson as he offers an unflinching perspective on how different generations have fared under the social welfare policies of governments since the 1930s.

Selfish Generations? is a critical and unsentimental analysis of a key political issue, and the questions it raises about support for the young and old, and about health, education and housing policy, are exactly those facing politicians and social welfare policy developers today.
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Bridget Williams Books
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Published on
Dec 23, 2015
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Pages
233
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ISBN
9781877242847
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Australia & New Zealand
Political Science / Public Policy / Social Policy
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