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|Title:||Contesting representations of poverty: Ethics and evaluation|
|Citation:||Policy & Society, 2007; 26(3):63-82|
|Publisher:||Faculty of Economics and Business, Government and International Relations, University of Sydney|
|Abstract:||This paper starts from the proposition that poverty is a contested concept and that debates about poverty are about more than questions of measurement and technical definition. Debates about poverty, I argue, are ultimately debates about the appropriate role of governments in the alleviation of poverty, and hence are about governance. On these grounds I claim that evaluations of competing conceptions of poverty should be interrogated not merely for their technical or epistemological soundness, but also on ethical grounds. To develop this argument, I explore representations of poverty in government policy. I look briefly at the Commonwealth Government’s1 understanding of poverty and more comprehensively at the South Australian Government’s Social Inclusion Unit. I find that, in both examples, poverty is represented to be an outcome of the poor choices of individuals, and proceed to reflect upon the inadequate ethical and governmental commitments that I find this particular representation of poverty entails.|
|Description:||Copyright © 2007 Policy & Society Associates (APSS) Published by Elsevier Ltd.|
|Appears in Collections:||Politics publications|
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