This concluding chapter reviews the authors' contributions and draws together the shared issues, policy dilemmas, and possible ways forward. The chapters in this book contribute to an international debate about how to meet both the costs and complex demands of care, and the rights of citizens in advanced economies and ageing societies. One central concern repeated in several chapters is that ‘care’ is usually absent from discourses of citizenship, participation, and civil renewal. The ‘ethic of care’, as a set of principles and practices, challenges the distinction between public and private virtues, and enables connections to be made between care, citizenship, and social justice. This chapter encourages policy makers to look beyond conventional boundaries imposed on ‘social care’ and ‘community’ policies, and to think holistically about the best ways to improve people's lives.
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