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Welfare Reform on the Web (April 2003): Welfare State - Overseas

PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH AND HIS FAITH-BASED INITIATIVE: CREATIVE SOLUTION OR POLITICAL MINEFIELD

N. Firoz and W. E. Matthews

International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, vol. 8, 2003, p. 43-58.

President George W. Bush is offering US federal government funding to faith groups for provision of welfare services. There is concern as to whether this initiative violates the constitutional separation of religion and government. Also explores ways in which the initiative may damage the faith groups themselves.

PRODUCTIVE WELFARE: KOREA'S THIRD WAY?

Y-H Kim

International Journal of Social Welfare, vol. 12, 2003, p. 61-67

Paper explores the future direction of the Korean social welfare system as it adjusts to economic globalisation. It is currently seeking a course between the social democratic welfare state model and the rising tide of neo-liberalism. Today the main thrust of government policy in Korea emphasises an approach to state support described as productive welfare. This is roughly similar to the "workfare " or "welfare-to-work" approaches found in industrialised countries.

WELFARE STATE POLICY AND INFORMAL LONG-TERM CARE GIVING IN AUSTRIA: OLD GENDER DIVISIONS AND NEW STRATIFICATION PROCESSES AMONG WOMEN.

E. Hammer and A. Österle

Journal of Social Policy, vol. 32, 2003, p. 37-53

In Austria in 1993 a long-term care allowance for people in need of help was introduced to enable them to pay for services. At the same time the provinces became responsible for the development of adequate social service provision, and the federal government for provision of opportunities for social protection to informal carers. Article looks at the impact of these reforms on the traditional pattern of informal unpaid care by women within family networks.

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