Empowering Social Policy: The Role of Social Care Services in Modern Welfare States

  • Anneli Anttonen
Part of the Social Policy in a Development Context book series (SPDC)


Care is a growing concern in welfare states and an ever-more frequent object of social policy reforms. Every post-industrial society is having to confront anew how to support families and individuals and organize the care of those who need regular help, particularly small children and those adults whose disabilities are linked to age or illness. Long-established forms of informal care are being rapidly undermined by economic and social change. Families are in particular no more self-evident care providers in the way they used to be. Social networks based on kinship have fragmented and even become transnational (Vuorela 2002). It is becoming more and more common for older people to live alone. The spread of female employment outside the home, above all, has changed the division of labour between the sexes. Unpaid work done by women at home and in the local community can no longer be treated as a resource to be drawn on freely.


Welfare State Social Care Care Arrangement Family Policy Income Transfer 
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