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Comparing Care Regimes In Europe


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  • Francesca Bettio
  • Janneke Plantenga
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    Throughout Europe, the family is still an important provider of care, but welfare state policies of individual countries may support and/or supplement the family in different ways, generating different social and economic outcomes. This article compares and categorizes care strategies for children and elderly persons in different member states of the European Union, while also taking into account the varied modalities for providing care, like leave arrangements, financial provisions, and social services. In EU countries, care regimes function as “social joins” ensuring complementarity between economic and demographic institutions and processes. As these processes and institutions change, they provide impetus for care regimes to change as well. However, because ideas and ideals about care are at the core of individual national identities, care regimes also act as independent incentive structures that impinge on patterns of women's labor market participation and fertility.

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    Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Feminist Economics.

    Volume (Year): 10 (2004)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 85-113

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    Handle: RePEc:taf:femeco:v:10:y:2004:i:1:p:85-113

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    Keywords: Families; Europe; social policy; childcare; elderly care;


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    1. Agnes Streissler, 2004. "Geriatrische Langzeitpflege. Eine Analyse aus österreichischer Sicht," Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft - WuG, Kammer für Arbeiter und Angestellte für Wien, Abteilung Wirtschaftswissenschaft und Statistik, vol. 30(2), pages 247-272.
    2. Francesca Bettio & Giovanni Solinas, 2009. "Which European model for elderly care? Equity and cost-effectiveness in home based care in three European countries," Department of Economics 0609, University of Modena and Reggio E., Faculty of Economics "Marco Biagi".
    3. Antigone Lyberaki, 2008. "“Deae ex Machina”: migrant women, care work and women’s employment in Greece," GreeSE – Hellenic Observatory Papers on Greece and Southeast Europe 20, Hellenic Observatory, LSE.
    4. Pau Baizan, 2009. "Regional child care availability and fertility decisions in Spain," Demographic Research, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock, Germany, vol. 21(27), pages 803-842, December.
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    6. Martin Zuba & Ulrike Schneider, 2013. "What Helps Working Informal Caregivers? The Role of Workplace Characteristics in Balancing Work and Adult-Care Responsibilities," Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Springer, vol. 34(4), pages 460-469, December.
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