Nordic eldercare – weak universalism becoming weaker?
2017 (English)In: Journal of European Social Policy, ISSN 0958-9287, E-ISSN 1461-7269Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
This paper builds on recent research on the fortunes of universalism in European social policy by tracing the development of eldercare policy in four Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Six dimensions of universalism are used to assess whether and how eldercare has been universalised or de-universalised in each country in recent decades and the consequences of the trends thereby identified. We find that de-universalisation has occurred in all four countries, but more so in Finland and Sweden than in Denmark and Norway. Available data show an increase in for-profit provision of publicly funded care services (via policies promoting service marketisation), and an increase of family care (re-familialisation) as well of services, paid out-of-pocket (privatisation). These changes have occurred without an explicit attack on universalism or retrenchment of formal rights but are threatening the class- and gender-equalising potential of Nordic welfare states.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sage Publications, 2017.
Universalism, eldercare, Nordic countries, re-familialisation, privatisation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-140820OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-140820DiVA: diva2:1082860
ProjectsIndividanpassad omsorg och generell välfärd: dilemmani marknadiseringens tid
FunderForte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2013-02296