Ben Spies-Butcher

Associate Professor

20022019
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Research Outputs 2002 2019

2019

Advancing universalism in neoliberal times? Basic income, workfare and the politics of conditionality

Spies-Butcher, B., 3 Sep 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Critical Sociology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

basic income
workfare
universalism
politics
reform

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

Spies-Butcher, B. & Stebbing, A., Jul 2019, In : Ageing and Society. 39, 7, p. 1409-1435 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Politics
politics
neoliberalism
taxes
Population

Stepping stones to an Australian Basic Income

Spies-Butcher, B. & Henderson, T., 2019, Implementing a basic income in Australia: pathways forward. Klein, E., Mays, J. & Dunlop, T. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 163-178 16 p. (Exploring the Basic Income Guarantee).

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

Basic income
Means-testing
Policy change
Pensions
Population aging
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

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

2017

Australia's broken housing system: homelessness and poverty amid affluence

Spies-Butcher, B., 2017, Thinking about poverty. Serr, K. (ed.). 4th ed. Sydney: The Federation Press, p. 108-120 13 p.

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

2016

After New Labour: political and policy consequences of welfare state reforms in the United Kingdom and Australia

Wilson, S. & Spies-Butcher, B., 2 Sep 2016, In : Policy Studies. 37, 5, p. 408-425 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

New Labour
welfare state
reform
market
Keynesianism

Climate change and the welfare state? Exploring Australian attitudes to climate and social policy

Spies-Butcher, B. & Stebbing, A., 1 Dec 2016, In : Journal of Sociology. 52, 4, p. 741-758 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

climate policy
welfare state
climate change
election research
Social Movements

Social policy - post Abbott

Spies-Butcher, B., 2016, In : Australian options. 83, p. 17-19 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalLetterResearch

Social policy
Attack
Hockey
Social protection
Government

The decline of a homeowning society? Asset-based welfare, retirement and intergenerational equity in Australia

Stebbing, A. & Spies-Butcher, B., 17 Feb 2016, In : Housing Studies. 31, 2, p. 190-207 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

homeownership
retirement
equity
assets
welfare
2014

Marketisation and the dual welfare state: Neoliberalism and inequality in Australia

Spies-Butcher, B., 2014, In : Economic and Labour Relations Review. 25, 2, p. 185-201 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Neoliberalism
Welfare state
Marketization
Social spending
Economic restructuring

Markets, universalism and equity: Medicare’s dual role in the Australian welfare state

Spies-Butcher, B., 1 Dec 2014, In : Journal of Australian Political Economy. 73, p. 18-40 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Welfare reform

Spies-Butcher, B., 2014, Australian Public Policy: Progressive Ideas in the Neoliberal Ascendency. Miller, C. & Orchard, L. (eds.). Bristol, UK: Policy Press, p. 81-96 16 p.

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

2013

Housing, tax and neoliberalism: growing inequality in Australia

Stebbing, A. & Spies-Butcher, B., 2013, Reflections, intersections and aspirations: 50 years of Australian sociology : TASA 2013 Conference : proceedings. Melbourne: Monash University Publishing, p. 1-8 8 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearchpeer-review

Wage-earners' welfare after economic reform: Refurbishing, retrenching or hollowing out social protection in Australia and New zealand?

Wilson, S., Spies-Butcher, B., Stebbing, A. & St John, S., Dec 2013, In : Social Policy and Administration. 47, 6, p. 623-646 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

wage earner
economic reform
wage
New Zealand
welfare
2012

From Defeat to Landslide Loss: A Seat-level Model of the 2011 NSW Election

Wilson, S. & Spies-Butcher, B., Jun 2012, In : Australian Journal of Political Science. 47, 2, p. 285-293 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

election
labor
regression
politics
history

Market society: history, theory, practice

Spies-Butcher, B., Paton, J. & Cahill, D., 2012, Port Melbourne, Vic: Cambridge University Press. 268 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

theory-practice
market
history
capitalist society
economic sociology

Markets with equity? Lessons from Australia's Third Way response to neoliberalism

Spies-Butcher, B., 2012, Neoliberalism: beyond the free market. Cahill, D., Stilwell, F. & Edwards, B. (eds.). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, p. 204-227 24 p.

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

Mujtamae alssuq: tarikh, nizriat, mumarasa

Spies-Butcher, B., Paton, J. & Cahill, D., 2012, Beirut: Centre for Arab Unity Studies. 383 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearch

Voter behaviour

Spies-Butcher, B., 2012, Contemporary politics in Australia: theories, practices and issues. Smith, R., Vromen, A. & Cook, I. (eds.). Port Melbourne, Vic: Cambridge University Press, p. 152-162 11 p.

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

2011

Population ageing and tax reform in a dual welfare state

Spies-Butcher, B. & Stebbing, A., 2011, In : Economic and Labour Relations Review. 22, 3, p. 45-64 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Population aging
Welfare state
Tax reform
Taxation
Private savings

Social capital

Spies-Butcher, B., 2011, Readings in political economy: economics as a social science. Argyrous, G. & Stilwell, F. (eds.). 3rd ed. Prahan, Vic.: Tilde University Press, p. 43-47 5 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearch

When Labour Makes a Difference: Union Mobilization and the 2007 Federal Election in Australia

Wilson, S. & Spies-Butcher, B., Jul 2011, In : British Journal of Industrial Relations. 49, SUPPL. 2, p. s306-331 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Industrial relations
Personnel
Lead
Elections
Labor
2010

Getting Value for Public Money

Spies-Butcher, B. & Stebbing, A. P., 2010, More Than Luck - Ideas Australia Needs Now. Mark Davis & Miriam Lyons (eds.). Australia: Centre for Policy Development, p. 267-279 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearch

Suburban affairs: Groups and political communities across Sydney

Spies-Butcher, B. & Vromen, A., Sep 2010, In : Australian Journal of Political Science. 45, 3, p. 437-455 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

community
Group
politics
political activity
interest group

The cost of a market solution: Examining the garnaut proposal for emissions trading

Spies-Butcher, B., Dec 2010, In : Journal of Australian Political Economy. 66, p. 51-70 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The Politics of Climate Change and Social Policy in Australia

Spies-Butcher, B. J. & Stebbing, A., 2010, The Australian Sociological Association, Conference. Sydney: The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) conference, p. 1-11 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearchpeer-review

Union mobilisation and the 2007 federal election in Australia: accounting for the campaign's success

Wilson, S. & Spies-Butcher, B., 2010, Work in progress: crises, choices and continuity : proceedings of the 24th AIRAANZ conference. Sydney: University of Western Sydney

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearch

union movement
mobilization
industrial relations
campaign
election

Universal welfare by other means? Social tax expenditures and the Australian dual welfare state

Stebbing, A. & Spies-Butcher, B., Oct 2010, In : Journal of Social Policy. 39, 4, p. 585-606 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

taxes
welfare state
expenditure
expenditures
welfare
2009

A third way success? Markets and health insurance in Australia

Spies-Butcher, B. J., 2009, Australian Society of Heterodox Economists, Conference. Chester, L., Peter Kriesler & Johnson, M. (eds.). Sydney: Society of Heterodox Economists (SHE), p. 302-318 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearchpeer-review

Climate change policy and economic recession

Butcher, B. S. & Stilwell, F., 2009, In : Journal of Australian Political Economy. 63, p. 108-125 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Pragmatist and neo-classical policy paradigms in public services: Which is the better template for program design?

Marsh, I. & Spies-Butcher, B., Sep 2009, In : Australian Journal of Public Administration. 68, 3, p. 239-255 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

public service
incentive
principal-agent-theory
paradigm
transaction costs

Targets and taxes: Explaining the welfare orientations of the Australian public

Wilson, S., Spies-Butcher, B. & Stebbing, A., Oct 2009, In : Social Policy and Administration. 43, 5, p. 508-525 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

taxes
welfare
targeting
poverty
taxation

The Concept of social capital: understanding its economic origins and political implications in Australia

Spies-Butcher, B., 2009, Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

social capital
economics
Third Way
rationalism
market

The 'upside-down welfare' of the superannuation tax concessions

Stebbing, A. P. & Spies-Butcher, B. J., 2009, Australian Society of Heterodox Economists, Conference. Chester, L., Johnson, M. & Peter Kriesler (eds.). Sydney: Society of Heterodox Economists (SHE), p. 319-332 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearchpeer-review

2008

Did union mobilisation influence the 2007 federal election outcome?

Wilson, S. A. & Spies-Butcher, B. J., 2008, p. 1-1. 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractResearch

Election 2007: Did the union campaign succeed?

Spies-Butcher, B. J. & Wilson, S. A., 2008, In : Australian review of public affairs.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearch

Reforming Australia's hidden welfare state

Spies-Butcher, B. & Stebbing, A., 2008, Sydney, NSW: Centre for Policy Development.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportResearchpeer-review

Restocking the economic toolkit: Changes to social policy and the ability of the state to manage the economy

Spies-Butcher, B., Jun 2008, In : Journal of Australian Political Economy. 61, p. 267-295 29 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Suburban Affairs: Political Communities across Sydney

Spies-Butcher, B. J., Vromen, A. & Marsh, I., 2008, APSA 2008: Australasian Political Science Association 2008 Conference. Melbourne: Australasian Political Science Association, p. 1-26 26 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearchpeer-review

The intellectuals and political economy: an attempt to understand how ideas influence policy

Spies-Butcher, B. J. & Cahill, D., 2008.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstractResearch

Using the rhetoric and the mechanisms of the market to advance social justice? the case of achieving universal health insurance in Australia

Spies-Butcher, B. J., 2008, Seventh Australian Society of Heterodox Economists Conference. 21 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearch

2007

Debating and public speaking as oral literary: promoting democratic education

Spies-Butcher, B., 2007, Future directions in literacy: international conversations conference 2007. Simpson, A. (ed.). Sydney: Sydney University Press, p. 269-279 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearch

Did WorkChoices impact on the NSW election results?

Spies-Butcher, B. & Wilson, S., 2007, In : Australian review of public affairs. May 2007

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearch

The New South Wales election of 24 march 2007: Explaining the Re-election of an unpopular government

Spies-Butcher, B., Dec 2007, In : Australian Journal of Political Science. 42, 4, p. 693-699 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/opinionResearchpeer-review

2005

Social capital and civic neoliberalism - why the Australian right has used the politics of recognition

Spies-Butcher, B. J., 2005, Politics of Recognition Conference Proceedings. Barbara, J., Leach, M. & Walsh, L. (eds.). Geelong, VIC: Deakin University Press, p. 1-1 1 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference proceeding contributionResearchpeer-review

2003

Social Capital

Spies-Butcher, B. J., 2003, Economics as a social science: readings in political economy. George Argyrous & Frank Stilwell (eds.). Australia: Pluto Press Australia, p. 58-63 6 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearch