NCIA Inquiry into the Future of Voluntary Services

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1. Introduction and structure

Neoliberal ideology has dictated economic policy and public sector transformation for more than three decades. It is rooted in the belief that free trade and competition should determine the supply of goods and services and the superiority of markets to allocate resources and organise the economy. Minimum regulation of markets, economic development and the environment is intended to permit the free flow of capital, goods and services globally to create new opportunities for accumulation. Neoliberalism requires the state to be reconfigured so that it commercialises and outsources services, develops markets, and creates a flexible labour market with a pro-business climate.

Neoliberalism prioritises individual needs over collective responsibility and the public interest to minimise opportunities for collective action. It allows the state “…to relinquish moral obligations”
(Judt, 2010).

The purpose of this paper is to examine the impact of neoliberal ideology in the transformation of public services and the welfare state and the consequences for the voluntary sector. It is divided into three parts:
• Neoliberal ideology and objectives
• Neoliberal transformation of public services and the welfare state
• Impact of neoliberal ideology in the voluntary sector

2. Neoliberal ideology and objectives

Neoliberal ideology has five core objectives that embrace free trade, competition, markets;
deregulation; increasing the power of business in public policy making; reducing the role of the state; and the cost and power of labour

Neoliberal objectives
• Free trade, competition and markets to allocate resources and deliver services and state control of money supply
• Deregulate to create new opportunities for accumulation
• Deconstruct democracy to a partnership between state and finance/business and consolidate corporate welfare
• Reconfigure the state to reduce its role and taxation
• Reduce the cost and power of labour

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