"Social Citizenship in the Shadow of Competition explores how economic concepts and tools are reshaping regulatory law. Building on studies that link law - both institutionally and discursively - to the legitimation of economic neo-liberalism, the book charts lawmakers' attempts to justify social welfare regulation in the language imposed by economic theory. It presents new qualitative findings from an ambitious regulatory reform programme targeting over 1,700 pieces of legislation. Bronwen Morgan argues that the interplay between economic discourse and lawmaking does not destroy the possibility of social citizenship; however, the subsequent regulatory conversations frequently silence or weaken the claims of vulnerable groups. Thus, even when vulnerable groups secure instrumental success, economic conceptions of bureaucratic rationality impoverish their capacity to express certain kinds of intangible values and aspirations. To expand or retain social citizenship requires that we learn to conceive of what matters in political economy without relying on the logic of utility or other instrumental rationalities."--Provided by publisher.
Formatted Contents Note
chapter Introduction chapter 1 Economic Adjudication and the Rule of Law chapter 2 Public Law and Political Economy in the Australian Administrative State chapter 3 The Contested Terrain of Regulatory Conversation chapter 4 Agenda-setting and Bureaucratic Politics chapter 5 Implementation in Competition's Shadow chapter 6 Technocratic Citizenship chapter 1 Competition Principles Agreement chapter 2 Conduct Code Agreement chapter 3 Agreement to Implement the National Competition Policy and Related Reforms.