While Philip Mendes has correctly identified the dole bludger as existing alongside the neo-liberal push that occurred in the early-to-mid 1970s, further work needs to be done to provide a detailed analysis of the relationship between the two phenomena.
Although it has been common to disregard the dole bludger as a phenomenon of a past era, not worthy of much attention today, an analysis of current-day concepts such as 'work for the dole' and 'mutual obligation' and the 'welfare to work' policy package, which came into effect in July 2006, will reveal the extent to which the dole bludger is still alive and well.
There have also been two unpublished PhD theses dealing with the Australian dole bludger: Alan Law, Idlers, Loafers and Layabouts: An Historical Sociological Study of Welfare Discipline and Unemployment in Australia, PhD thesis, University of Alberta, 1993; and Archer, In Search of the Australian Dole Bludger.
Blaming the unemployed for being unskilled or lacking flexibility or adaptability, or simply for being dole bludgers
, presents an easier option.