The Church and the Free Market: Dilemmas in Church Welfare Agencies Accepting Contracts from Governments

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Brian Howe, Alan Nichols, Maureen Postma
ATF Press, 2002 - Religion - 94 pages
Politics and religion combine when governments contract out welfare services to church welfare agencies. This practice raises questions of the autonomy of church agencies, maintenance of their distinctively Christian value base, and the extent to which the Church is being co-opted into government policy.
 

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Contents

The Church and Markets
1
Economic and Theological Issues in Contracting
13
Questions for Group Discussion for Welfare
53
A View from the Church Agency Perspective
77
Questions for Group Discussion
87
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About the author (2002)

The Hon Brian Howe was variously Health Minister, Minister for Social Security and Deputy Prime Minister in the Hawke and Keating Governments in Australia in the 1980s and 90s. Before being elected to Parliament, he was a Uniting Church ordained minister in Melbourne, and following his retirement from politics, resumed ministry. He is a Professor in the Centre for Public Policy in the University of Melbourne.

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