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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, Australia.
2018 (English)In: Journal of European Social Policy, ISSN 0958-9287, E-ISSN 1461-7269, Vol. 28, no 3, p. 294-308Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article 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 universalized or de-universalized in each country in recent decades and the consequences of the trends thereby identified. We find that de-universalization 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 marketization), and an increase of family care (re-familialization), as well as of services paid out-of-pocket (privatization). These changes have occurred without an explicit attack on universalism or retrenchment of formal rights. Nevertheless, the changes threaten the class- and gender-equalizing potential of Nordic welfare states.

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2018. Vol. 28, no 3, p. 294-308
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Eldercare, marketization, Nordic countries, privatization, re-familialization, universalism
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-140820DOI: 10.1177/0958928717735062ISI: 000439601800007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-140820DiVA, id: diva2:1082860
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Individanpassad omsorg och generell välfärd: dilemman i marknadiseringens tid
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Forte, Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare, 2013-02296Available from: 2017-03-18 Created: 2017-03-18 Last updated: 2018-08-20Bibliographically approved

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