Shaun Wilson

Associate Professor

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Shaun's current research investigates the distributional and ideological conflicts that are reshaping the politics of liberal welfare states.

There are three projects.

The first focuses on union and political campaigns to increase minimum wages across the liberal welfare states. He argues that welfare retrenchment and labour market deregulation has created a new political and policy coalition for predistribution, mainly in the form of living wages. Shaun is also interested in prospects for the political project of full employment as opposed to advancing the basic income project, which tends to accept the decline and further fragmentation of work as inevitable.

The arguments have been presented in a recent article in Social Policy & Administration and will be developed further in a new book called Living Wages with Policy Press, UK in 2019.

The second project with Prof Markus Hadler is the publication of Australian Social Attitudes IV, which focuses on the theme of insecurity and will be available through Sydney University Press in late 2017. In this volume, Shaun has contributed a new analysis of trends in public opinion towards immigration and asylum seekers and relates these trends to the opportunities for right-wing populism in Australia.

A third project involves a renewed consideration of the causes and consequences of very low trust in polarised democracies.

Shaun's Google Scholar page is here.

Shaun teaches an undergraduate unit on social policy (SOC 223) and a postgraduate unit on activist movements and policy making (SOC 825). When he is not working, he is travelling to interesting places to look at birds and wildlife.

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Projects 2006 2021

Research Output 2001 2018

Superdiversity, exploitation and migrant workers

Wilson, S., 2018, Critical junctures in mobile capital. Pixley, J. & Flam, H. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 254-267 14 p.

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

migrant worker
temporary work

The declining labour share and the return of democratic class conflict in Australia

Wilson, S., 2018, In : Journal of Australian Political Economy. 81, p. 78-94 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Downward flexibility: who is willing to take an inferior job?

Wilson, S. & Hadler, M., 1 Jun 2017, In : European Journal of Industrial Relations. 23, 2, p. 187-204 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Labour market
Regression model

The politics of 'minimum wage' welfare states: the changing significance of the minimum wage in the liberal welfare regime

Wilson, S., 1 Mar 2017, In : Social Policy and Administration. 51, 2, p. 244-264 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

minimum wage
welfare state

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