2008

The great risk shift? Institutionalisation of individualism

Over the last fifteen years, an expanding social science and popular literature has examined social institutions in terms of the way in which they manage and allocate risk of various kinds. Traditionally, the social-democratic welfare state has been viewed as a set of institutions for the social management of risk.

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Positive pathways for couples and families

There is a growing need to develop an understanding of the positive pathways that strengthen the relationships of Australian couples and families. This need is highlighted by the Australian Research Council (ARC) flagging “Strengthening Australia’s social and economic fabric” as a national research priority area.

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Sisters of Sisyphus? Human service professions and the new public management

During the last two decades, profound organisational changes have swept through human service agencies, as the ‘New Public Management’ (NPM) has reshaped how and by whom human services are funded and delivered. Many public services have been privatised or contracted out, generic managers have replaced those specialised in human services, new modes of accountability and surveillance for both providers and service users have been enacted, and market concepts and frames have been imposed on the discourse and organisation of human services work.

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War, commerce and ethics in British international political thought

This inter-disciplinary project will bring together historians, political theorists, philosophers, and international relations specialists to present and discuss a series of papers on British thinkers from Thomas Hobbes to Lewis Namier, each of whom has reflected upon the problems and possibilities of international politics, at a two-day workshop to be held in July 2008.

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