Social inclusion: A policy platform for those who live particularly challenged lives

Alan Hayes*, Matthew Gray

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In many developed economies there is currently a focus on how the lives of the most disadvantaged in society can be improved and the role that governments can play in this. A number of European countries have embraced a social policy approach that places a priority on those who are excluded from the opportunities that promote wellbeing. This article provides a brief overview of social inclusion and related literatures and some of the issues surrounding the concept. It concludes that while social inclusion has been adopted as an organising principle for social policy in a number of countries, the experience of these countries is mixed and the extent to which the social inclusion agenda has been successful is contested. It concludes that it is important that Australia learns from the international experiences to take what worked and avoid some of the pitfalls. An overview of the other articles in the edition is also provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4-7
Number of pages4
JournalFamily Matters
Issue number78
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Externally publishedYes


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