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

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

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(p.21) Two Development paths of care arrangements in the framework of family values and welfare values
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Care and social integration in European societies
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Birgit Pfau-Effinger

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346049.003.0002

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

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