Financialisation of policy life: Mobility, calculation, politics, and power in the Australian social impact bond landscape

Jacob Broom

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis

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Abstract

This thesis explores the intersections of finance and social policy as they are enacted in the landscape of Australian social impact bonds (SIBs), a policy model for leveraging private capital in social programs using techniques of outcomes measurement. It argues that SIBs signify a financialisation of policy life', meaning that they embed financial devices and logic in the conduct of policy decision-making. It also explores SIBs as a global policy model, imbricating this logic in multiple, relationally connected spaces. To support these claims, qualitative research methods are used, including interviews with 35 participants, document analysis, and social network analysis.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Gerard, Kelly, Supervisor
  • Savage, Glenn, Supervisor
  • Tchilingirian, Jordan, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date28 Feb 2023
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2022

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