The proposed research aims to extend a highly successful Canadian study of the NPSS into the comparative international arena.
Canadian Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council International Opportunities Fund
It will involve comparative, intensive case studies in three distinct countries with liberal welfare states, namely New Zealand, Australia and the UK. The research objectives are to: (1) investigate the local impacts of globalized models of restructuring across four liberal welfare estates; (2) clarify the local and national-level structural and policy changes behind the convergence and particularities in NPSS provision and working conditions in four liberal welfare state regimes; (3) investigate the links between emerging aspects of NPSS work under restructuring and growing problems within the NPSS across our sample; and (4) advance our theoretical understanding of the NPSS, in particular with regard to labour process theories, focusing on processes of gendering and racialisation.
Key RMIT researchers: Sara Charlesworth