Right Social Justice: better ways to help the poor
Gary Johns (editor)
ISBN: 9781921421624, $29.95
Government, Policy and Politics series (Public Policy Institute, Australian Catholic University).
For decades, Social Justice has been trumpeted as the means of assisting
the ‘downtrodden’. Rarely have any of its proponents proved that it is
other than an egalitarian ideology, without an analytical base.
Assisting the ‘poor’ may be a ‘good thing’ but only if programs to aid
them are effective and only if others are not made poor in the process.
Too often, either the policy prescription or the analyses of the social
problem, or indeed both, are blinded by the ideology of social justice.
The purpose of the book is to assist those wedded to the principles of
social justice, of whom there are many, to understand that helping the
poor is not straightforward. There are many counterintuitive schemes to
help the poor; they have little to do with the right to income
transfers. Indeed, most people have a non-egalitarian conception of
fairness, based on merit and effort, with equality running a poor third.
In these cases, social justice is seen as a form of insurance, not a right.
Social justice often overplays its hand; this book is a chance to find
better ways to help the poor.
1. When too much social justice is never enough- Gary Johns
2. Dimensions of the welfare state - Julie Novak
3. Are equal societies better societies? - Peter Saunders
4. When to stop government programs - Cassandra Wilkinson
5. Aboriginal programs: closing the gap is not socially just – Wesley Aird
6. Child protection: dysfunctional parents damage their children -
7. Community development: churches and charities – Ruth Limkin
8. Fair dismissal - Grace Collier
9. Foreign aid: road to hell filled with good intentions - Peter Urban
10. Preventable disease: whose responsibility? - Terry Barnes
11. Mutual obligation - Asher Judah
12. Helping the real refugees - Mirko Bagaric
13. Tax and transfer: shrewd politics - Sinclair Davidson
Gary Johns is an Associate Professor of Public Policy, Public Policy
Institute, Australian Catholic University. Gary served in the House of
Representatives from 1987-1996 and was Special Minister of State and
Assistant Minister for Industrial Relations from 1993-1996. He served as
an Associate Commissioner of the Commonwealth Productivity Commission
2002-2004. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy (Political Science)
University of Queensland, Master of Arts (Geography) Monash University,
and a Bachelor of Economics Monash University. His previous book Aboriginal Self-Determination: The Whiteman's Dream
(Connor Court 2011)
is into its second print-run.
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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 13 January, 2012.