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Nordic eldercare – weak universalism becoming weaker?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6956-7329
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work. Macquarie University .
2017 (English)In: Journal of European Social Policy, ISSN 0958-9287, E-ISSN 1461-7269Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
Abstract [en]

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.

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Sage Publications, 2017.
Keyword [en]
Universalism, eldercare, Nordic countries, re-familialisation, privatisation
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-140820OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-140820DiVA: diva2:1082860
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Individanpassad omsorg och generell välfärd: dilemmani marknadiseringens tid
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2013-02296
Available from: 2017-03-18 Created: 2017-03-18 Last updated: 2017-03-18

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