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Development paths of care arrangements in the framework of family values and welfare values

Birgit Pfau-Effinger

in Care and social integration in European societies

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9781861346049
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301592 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861346049.003.0002
Development paths of care arrangements in the framework of family values and welfare values

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This chapter explains the theoretical approach of the ‘care arrangement’ for comparative analyses. The theoretical framework is used for the explanation of cross-national differences in relation to the degree to which the family contributes to the provision of childcare in eight European countries. The following countries are considered on the basis of comparative case studies: Sweden, Finland, Norway, France, the Netherlands, Great Britain and Western Germany. The chapter shows that cultural values — family values and welfare values — and the interplay of these with welfare-state policies substantially contribute to the explanation of such differences. Care arrangements have changed along two different cultural paths, and these differ fundamentally according to the cultural situation found in different countries following the Second World War.

Keywords: care arrangement; family values; welfare values; Sweden; Finland; Norway; France; Great Britain; Western Germany; Netherlands

Chapter.  9428 words.  Illustrated.

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