Wednesday, 17 October 2012

The marketisation of care: Rationales and consequences in Nordic and liberal care regimes

an article by Deborah Brennan and Bettina Cass (University of New South Wales, Australia), Susan Himmelweit (Open University, UK) and Marta Szebehely (Stockholm University, Sweden) published in Journal of European Social Policy Volume 22 Number 4 (October 2012)


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.

Hazel’s comment:
What effect is the marketisation of these services likely to have on the labour which is often seen as menial?
Would it be cynical of me to suggest that wages will get as low as possible in the UK and that terms and conditions of employment will get harsher in order to deliver a profit to the shareholders?

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