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Changing social organizations of care: a comparison of European policy reforms encouraging paid domestic work
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS).
2012 (English)In: European Journal of Ageing, ISSN 1613-9372, Vol. 9, no 2, 111-117 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In many European countries different types of policy reforms intending to encourage growth in the domestic service sector have been introduced. The methods and reforms differ but mainly the reforms intend to stimulate growth of a ‘new’ legal labour market sector within private households. This potential growth sector in combination with insufficient or declining welfare states, inclining female labour market participation and ageing populations could be viewed as explanatory factors to the increased demand for domestic services. A growing amount of those performing paid domestic work in European homes are migrant women with or without papers. The aim of this article is to create a model that enables comparisons of these reforms, with a special focus on changing social organizations of care for elders, children and other dependent persons. Included in the analysis are Euro- pean countries that have introduced wide domestic service policy reforms as measurement to encourage growth in the domestic service sector, i.e. Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany and Sweden. 

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Heidelberg: Springer Berlin/Heidelberg, 2012. Vol. 9, no 2, 111-117 p.
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Domestic service reforms, Tax credits, Cash for care, Domestic work, Gender, Organization of care
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Sociology Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-54166DOI: 10.1007/s10433-012-0225-9ISI: 000305216700003OAI: diva2:516247
FAS, Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research
Available from: 2012-04-17 Created: 2012-04-17 Last updated: 2012-07-09Bibliographically approved

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