© 2015

Local Welfare Policy Making in European Cities

  • Dagmar Kutsar
  • Marjo Kuronen
  • Combines theoretical discussions with empirical findings

  • Challenges the dominant welfare regime approach

  • Is the first to analyze and compare welfare policy and policy making at the local level


Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 59)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Marjo Kuronen, Dagmar Kutsar
    Pages 1-14
  3. Women’s Local Labour Markets

  4. Local Welfare Policy Making

  5. Local Childcare Policy Making and Service Provision

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Marjo Kuronen, Teppo Kröger, Fernando Antón-Alonso, Roberta Cucca, Anna Escobedo, Per H. Jensen et al.
      Pages 119-134
  6. Local Care Policies and Systems for Older People

About this book


This book focuses on how EU welfare policies are implemented at the local level in 11 European cities and how local policy making addresses women’s care responsibilities. The book studies the complex combination of and the relationships between local political processes, policies, institutions, structural conditions and outputs, as well as outcomes for the women’s labour market integration. It demonstrates how cultural settings and multi-level governance patterns form the “playground” for local policy makers to formulate their welfare policies concerning service provision. The book further demonstrates how local production systems and the situation of the local labour market influence the prospects that women have in working and caring.

EU welfare policy promotes the labour market integration of women as well as gender equality. The provision of adequate care services is vital in supporting women’s employment. Within comparative welfare research, the focus has been on the national welfare systems and policies even if care services are overwhelmingly provided by local authorities that in many EU member states enjoy considerable autonomy. This book fills the gap in understanding local welfare policy making from a comparative perspective.


Local Child Care Policy Local care policies and systems for older people Local elderly care systems in Europe Women's Local Labour Markets care for older people comparative welfare research local welfare policies in the city of Leeds local welfare policy making role of families in providing care for children and old people. the national welfare systems and policies welfare policy research women’s labour market integration

Editors and affiliations

  • Dagmar Kutsar
    • 1
  • Marjo Kuronen
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Social StudiesUniversity of TartuTartuEstonia
  2. 2.Dept. of Social Sciences and PhilosophyUniversity of JyvaskylaJyvaskylaFinland

About the editors

Dagmar Kutsar, PhD., is an Associate Professor of Social Policy at the University of Tartu in Estonia. Her research interests are around family, childhood and welfare research and policies. She has been a partner in several international research projects such as EU 6FP PROFIT, IPROSEC, NoE EQUALSOC, EU FP7 FLOWS and others. She has been a member of a Standing Committee of Social Sciences of the European Science Foundation, member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the National Associations Council of the European Sociological Association and Expert of the EU 7FP Youth Social Inclusion Cluster at the European Commission. She has co-edited a book by Routledge ‘Internationalisation of Social Sciences in Central and Eastern Europe. The ‘Catching Up’ – A Myth or a Strategy?’ in 2010. Marjo Kuronen received her PhD at the University of Stirling, Scotland, UK in 1999. She is professor in social work at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, adjunct professor at the University of Tampere, Finland and visiting professor at the University of Carlos III, Madrid, Spain. Her research interests combine family research, feminist research and social work research. She has studied e.g. the relationships between women, family and the welfare state and gender division in parenting. She has recently been involved in two EC FP7 funded projects, FAMILYPLATFORM (2009–10) and FLOWS (2010–14) and a Finnish Academy funded project on Children’s Emotional Security in Multiple Family Relations (2011–14).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Local Welfare Policy Making in European Cities
  • Editors Dagmar Kutsar
    Marjo Kuronen
  • Series Title Social Indicators Research Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Social Indicators Res.Ser.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-16162-4
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-35766-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-16163-1
  • Series ISSN 1387-6570
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-0099
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 221
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Quality of Life Research
    Social Policy
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“The book relies on a European comparative research project which adopted both quantitative and qualitative approaches. … There are various interesting and relevant findings in the book. … The issues covered by this conscientious research are indeed of much interest, and their importance is easy to appreciate.” (Matías Iglesias, Local Welfare Policy Making in European Cities, Vol. 12, 2017)