Ben Spies-Butcher

Associate Professor

20022018
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Biography

Ben Spies-Butcher teaches Economy and Society and is Head of the Sociology Department at Macquarie University. Ben completed his PhD in Economics at the University of Sydney while working in the non-government sector on issues of human rights. His research focuses the political economy of social policy and the welfare state, particularly how economic and political change shape social policy financing. His current research explores how financial logics common in the private sector are reshaping social policy through changes in public budgeting, and the potential for these changes to open new opportunities for egalitarian social provision.

In addition to his academic publications, Ben is a regular contributor to The Conversation and is a Social Policy Whisperer for Power to Persuade. Ben is a Research Associate at the Retirement Policy and Research Centre at the University of Auckland, a member of the Policy Advisory Group for COTA NSW and a board member of Shelter NSW. He is also the 2017 Glenda Powell National Travelling Fellow for the Australian Association of Gerontology.

External positions

Research Associate, University of Auckland

2011 → …

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Projects 2009 2018

Research Output 2002 2018

Accounting for income-contingent loans as a policy hybrid: politics of discretion and discipline in financialising welfare states

Spies-Butcher, B. & Bryant, G., 2 Nov 2018, In : New Political Economy. 23, 6, p. 768-785 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

welfare state
loan
politics
income
university sector

Bringing finance inside the state: how income-contingent loans blur the boundaries between debt and tax

Bryant, G. & Spies-Butcher, B., 16 Mar 2018, In : Environment and Planning A.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

debt
taxes
finance
loan
indebtedness

Keep NSW in a healthy state: investing for a healthy future

Spies-Butcher, B. & Davidson, B., May 2018, World Square, NSW: Mckell Institute. 51 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportResearch

Open Access
Investing
Healthcare
Industry
Voting
Government

Mobilising alternative futures: generational accounting and the fiscal politics of ageing in Australia

Spies-Butcher, B. & Stebbing, A., 13 Mar 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Ageing and Society. p. 1-27 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Politics
politics
neoliberalism
taxes
Population

Universities: a paradox of privatisation

Spies-Butcher, B. & Bryant, G., 2018, Wrong way: how privatisation and economic reform backfired. Cahill, D. & Toner, P. (eds.). Carlton, Victoria: La Trobe University Press, p. 239-253 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review