IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this article

Towards a New Social Contract. The Personal Care Services and the Contractual Relations with Firms

Listed author(s):
  • Morelli Giovanna
Registered author(s):

    In modern economies, the continuous growth of living standards has generated an increasing role of service activities in place of manufacturing ones. This emerging demand for services is trying to meet a new generation of economic policies that, in line with the conceptual re-thinking of «healthcare» and «human being», reinforces in several ways the demand and the supply of this type of services for individuals and workers in public/private enterprises. These activities, better known as personal care services, are mostly characterized by the contribution, even on a voluntary basis, of care, socialization and relationship building in the field of health and social services. They consist of a very heterogeneous set, ranging from transport to retail, donation and healthcare services, broadly defined, as well. Such a heterogeneity does not concern uniquely the social service itself, but also involves the structure of markets, the production patterns and new economic policies. As a matter of fact, generalization is out of reach and comparisons are mostly jeopardized. This automatically implies, in a sense, to rewrite the Social Contract among the citizens, to identify better rules to improve and maintain the social order, given a higher welfare basis. These «new» contractual relations might respond to the need for a different patterns for social services, characterized by the interaction between public interventions and the direct participation of private actors like families, volunteering and firms. The idea is to promote interventions that mobilize resources from diverse backgrounds enhancing the role of the beneficiaries in a closer and stronger private-public cooperation.

    If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: Access to full text is restricted to subscribers

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    As the access to this document is restricted, you may want to look for a different version under "Related research" (further below) or search for a different version of it.

    Article provided by Società editrice il Mulino in its journal Economia dei Servizi.

    Volume (Year): (2010)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 3-14

    in new window

    Handle: RePEc:mul:j1t56u:doi:10.2382/32695:y:2010:i:1:p:3-14
    Contact details of provider: Web page:

    No references listed on IDEAS
    You can help add them by filling out this form.

    This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

    When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:mul:j1t56u:doi:10.2382/32695:y:2010:i:1:p:3-14. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: ()

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

    If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.