Efficiency and Effectiveness in Social Policies: An International Perspective Saunders, Peter en_US 2021-11-25T12:33:09Z 2021-11-25T12:33:09Z 1990 en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper presents an overview of selected social policy developments in OECD countries during the eighties and describes some specific Australian developments over the period. It begins with a description of trends in government expenditure and indicates the extent to which public expenditure control has been achieved since the mid-eighties. Social expenditure trends are then described, although the absence of reliable comparative data make this analysis less complete than is desirable. Key features that have shaped the social policy context are then discussed, with a focus on the impact of government expenditure restraint, on changes in the labour market, on demographic change, and on the more general changes in economic thinking and the role of economic policy. The concepts of efficiency and effectiveness are then explained and their application to selected social programs explored. It is argued that both concepts - part of a new rnanagerialist approach to public policy generally – are essentially technical in nature and the limitations this implies for their application to social programs needs to be acknowledged. Specific consideration is given to their application in the income support domain, where international evidence from the Luxembourg Income Study is used to illustrate the shortcomings of adopting an overly narrow technical perspective. The paper then describes international developments in social services policy, focusing on health services. Finally, selected Australian experience since 1983 is discussed and used to illustrate how the current government has pursued social policy reform within an overall context of fiscal restraint. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1447-8978 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries SPRC Discussion Paper en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other Social policy en_US
dc.subject.other OECD countries en_US
dc.title Efficiency and Effectiveness in Social Policies: An International Perspective en_US
dc.type Working Paper en
dcterms.accessRights open access
dspace.entity.type Publication en_US
unsw.identifier.doi Sydney en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofworkingpapernumber 28 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Saunders, Peter, Social Policy Research Centre, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US Social Policy Research Centre *
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