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The marketisation of care: Rationales and consequences in Nordic and liberal care regimes
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2012 (English)In: Journal of European Social Policy, ISSN 0958-9287, E-ISSN 1461-7269, Vol. 22, no 4, 377-391 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The use of markets and market mechanisms to deliver care services is growing in both liberal and social democratic welfare states. This article examines debates and policies concerning the marketisation of eldercare and childcare in Sweden, England and Australia. It shows how market discourses and practices intersect with, reinforce or challenge traditions and existing policies and examines whether care markets deliver user empowerment and greater efficiency. Markets for eldercare and childcare have developed in uneven and context specific ways with varying consequences. Both politics and policy history help to shape market outcomes.

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2012. Vol. 22, no 4, 377-391 p.
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care markets, childcare, choice, eldercare, marketisation
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-81541DOI: 10.1177/0958928712449772ISI: 000308881000003OAI: diva2:562671
Available from: 2012-10-25 Created: 2012-10-25 Last updated: 2012-11-02Bibliographically approved

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