Universality and Selectivity in Income Support: An Assessment of the Issues Shaver, Sheila en_US 2021-11-25T16:06:31Z 2021-11-25T16:06:31Z 1997 en_US
dc.description.abstract Since the 1980s, the scale and growth of social expenditure has come into question in most industrial nations. The large share of this expenditure devoted to the support of the aged, amidst growing numbers of old and very old people, has put age pensions at the centre of this discussion. At issue is the question of how best to achieve income adequacy among the aged at least cost to government. Should pensions be paid only to those with relatively few resources of their own, so that scarce public funds can go to the people who need them most? Or is it more just, and are pensions more willingly funded, when everyone can expect to get one when they reach the official retirement age? The choice between universal and selective (means-tested) benefits is a classic question in social policy, made newly relevant by the restructuring of western welfare states in the 1980s and 1990s. This report examines this issue in a comparative analysis of income support for the aged in six countries whose systems give varying weight to the principles of universality and selectivity. The countries included, in addition to Australia, are Germany, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 0733415172 en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Social Policy Research Centre en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Reports and Proceedings 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 Income Support en_US
dc.subject.other Age Pensions en_US
dc.subject.other Australia en_US
dc.subject.other Germany en_US
dc.subject.other Norway en_US
dc.subject.other Sweden en_US
dc.subject.other United Kingdom en_US
dc.subject.other United States en_US
dc.title Universality and Selectivity in Income Support: An Assessment of the Issues en_US
dc.type Working Paper en
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unsw.identifier.doi Sydney en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.ispartofworkingpapernumber 134 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Shaver, Sheila, Social Policy Research Centre, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US Social Policy Research Centre *
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