Sydney School of Education and Social Work events – 2015 Archive

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Sydney Ideas

Co-presented with the Social Policy Research Network

28 April 2015

In recent decades, public assets have been sold and public services contracted out to the private sector. Portrayed by policymakers as replacing the inefficiencies and rigidities of bureaucracy with the vigorous discipline of market competition and the choices of empowered consumers, marketisation has become the dominant model of social provision. But what problems do private-sector organisations solve? Do they create new ones? Private organisations are expected to cost less, give consumers more ‘choice’ and provide higher quality services. Yet private organisations are not immune from waste, corruption and inflexibility. The shift from public to private raises many questions about democratic accountability, equitable distribution of social goods, and access to and exercise of power. This specially invited expert panel will consider the relationship between private power and public service in Australia today.

The evening will conclude with the launch of a new book, Markets, Rights and Power in Australian Social Policy, edited by Professor Gabrielle Meagher and Associate Professor Susan Goodwin of the Sydney School of Education and Social Work.

Event details

  • When: 6.30–8pm
  • Where:

    Law School Foyer, Level 2, Sydney Law School, Eastern Avenue
    New Law School
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  • Cost: FREE but online registration requested
  • Contact:

    Sydney Ideas
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  • More info:
  • Panelists: Michael West, business writer, The Sydney Morning Herald

    Dr Patricia Ranald, Department of Political Economy, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, and convenor of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network

    Associate Professor Jane Andrew, Discipline of Accounting, The University of Sydney Business School, The University of Sydney

    Professor John Buchanan (panel chair), The University of Sydney Business School, The University of Sydney


Sydney Ideas - Private Power and Public Service

Where Law School Foyer
Sydney Law School
Eastern Avenue
The University of Sydney
Venue directions

28 April 2015

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