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Marketisation policies in different contexts: Consequences for home-care workers in Germany, Japan and Sweden
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6956-7329
2018 (English)In: International Journal of Social Welfare, ISSN 1369-6866, E-ISSN 1468-2397, Vol. 27, no 3, p. 215-225Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Market-oriented restructurings of long-term care policies contribute significantly to the aggravation of care workers’ situations. This article focuses on the effects of broader long-term care policy developments on market-oriented reforms. Germany, Japan and Sweden are three countries that have introduced market-oriented reforms into home-based care provision embedded in distinct long-term care policy developments. Conceptually, this article draws on comparative research on care to define the institutional dimensions of long-term care policies. Empirically, the research is based on policy analyses, as well as on national statistics and a comparative research project on home-care workers in the aforementioned countries. The findings reveal the mediating impact of the extension and decline of long-term public care support and the corresponding development of the care infrastructure on both the restructuring of care work and the assessments of the care workers themselves.

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2018. Vol. 27, no 3, p. 215-225
Keywords [en]
care-giving for older people, privatisation, contracting, accountability, workforce, workplace issues inhuman service organisations, social policy, social welfare policy, quantitative research, Germany, Sweden, Japan
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-150410DOI: 10.1111/ijsw.12298ISI: 000438343500002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-150410DiVA, id: diva2:1167485
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Individualised care and universal welfare: Dilemmas in an era of marketisation
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and WelfareAvailable from: 2017-12-18 Created: 2017-12-18 Last updated: 2018-08-20Bibliographically approved

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