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Welfare Reform on the Web (October 2000): Care of the Elderly - Overseas

DEFINING RESPONSIBILITY FOR CARE: APPROACHES TO THE CARE OF OLDER PEOPLE IN SIX EUROPEAN COUNTRIES

T. Blackman

International Journal of Social Welfare, vol. 9, 2000, p. 181-190

Article compares six European countries with different care systems: Denmark, Norway, England, Italy, Ireland and Greece. It seeks to establish the nature of the differences between these countries and considers the potential for cross-national learning as governments seek to address the consequences of ageing. It combines a systems approach to analysing social care provision with individual case studies, exploring issues of vulnerability, empowerment and gatekeeping of resources.

THE WITHDRAWAL OF THE WELFARE STATE: ELDERLY CARE IN SWEDEN IN THE 1990s

S. Blomberg, P. G. Edebalk, and J. Petersson

European Journal of Social Work, vol. 3, 2000 p. 151-163

In Sweden, changes in the care of the elderly have occurred during the 1990s, with fewer people being provided public care, instead they are cared for increasingly in other ways: by the family, by means of market-provided care, and by voluntary and informal means. Differences between municipalities are considerable. The article is based on a comparative study of a strategically selected sample of eight Swedish municipalities. The aim was to examine process of setting local priorities and adjustments in a period of marked structural change.

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