Informal family-based care work in the Austrian care arrangement

Margareta Kreimer and Helene Schiffbänker

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:
Informal family-based care work in the Austrian care arrangement

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This chapter starts by discussing the Austrian care system and giving some figures about female labour market participation. It also describes the social integration of family care on the conceptual level. It then verifies if the changes that are currently observed in Austria may be interpreted as a transformation of the traditional breadwinner model into a new care model. It comes to the conclusion that Austria is still far away from the realisation of a caregiving parity model. Additionally, it investigates the question of whether the Austrian care arrangement fits into a caregiving social wage model for three groups of carers: lone mothers, partnered/married mothers and long-term carers. The actual Austrian welfare state does not show a progressive development in the direction of a caregiving parity model.

Keywords: Austrian care arrangement; labour market participation; family care; Austria; caregiving parity model; Austrian welfare state; social wage

Chapter.  7118 words. 

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