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Care and social integration in European societies$
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Birgit Pfau-Effinger and Birgit Geissler

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346049

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346049.001.0001

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Political actors and the modernisation of care policies in Britain and Germany

Political actors and the modernisation of care policies in Britain and Germany

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(p.281) Fourteen Political actors and the modernisation of care policies in Britain and Germany
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Care and social integration in European societies
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Traute Meyer

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346049.003.0014

This chapter investigates the role of political actors in relation to care policy change, and the relationship between cultural change and policy change. It is shown that the extension of social rights for carers is no inevitable outcome of socio-demographic and regime constraints. The introduction of a right to childcare for children above the age of three and the improved recognition of carers' rights in the pensions system is presented. The extension of parental rights despite tight budgets was accompanied by a changing dominant political ideology that displays insight into the need to modernise the breadwinner model and to create a family-friendly environment. The extension of social rights for carers in Britain until the early years of the millennium was motivated foremost by governments' intention to decrease benefit dependency of carers. The case studies presented here show that there is evidence for a change in family ideology in Britain and Germany.

Keywords:   care policy, Britain, Germany, political actors, social rights, childcare, modernisation, family ideology

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