Research on care: what impact on policy and planning?

Kari Wærness

in Cash and care

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9781861348562
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301615 | DOI:
Research on care: what impact on policy and planning?

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This chapter discusses developments in research and policy on care, based on the recent experiences of the Nordic social democratic welfare regimes, which comparative research has concluded are especially women friendly. Despite the proclaimed ‘woman-friendly’ nature of the Nordic welfare states, this research has nevertheless had little impact on either rational economic approaches to the study of care or on approaches to the evaluation of care-related services. It is argued that theory and practice derived from the emerging feminist ‘ethic of care’ may provide the basis for fruitful new interdisciplinary and international approaches to the study and understanding of care. Moreover, these new approaches may also have the potential to engage with, and challenge, the mainstream economic and managerial discourses that continue to dominate research into care policy and service planning.

Keywords: care policy; care research; Nordic welfare states; welfare regimes; feminist research; ethic of care

Chapter.  4331 words. 

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