Governing Home Care

Governing Home Care

A Cross-National Comparison

Globalization and Welfare series

Viola Burau, Hildegard Theobald and Robert H. Blank

Care of the elderly in their own homes has increasingly come into the focus of contemporary welfare policies and raises important questions about the governance of welfare in general. By taking a comparative and thematic approach, this interesting and timely book offers a comprehensive analysis of the principal issues surrounding the governance of home care.

Chapter 2: Analysing Home Care Governance: Bringing Together Different Conceptual Perspectives

Viola Burau, Hildegard Theobald and Robert H. Blank

Subjects: politics and public policy, public policy, social policy and sociology, ageing, comparative social policy


The first chapter began by discussing the specificities of home care and pointed to the fact that home care cuts across different boundaries, especially the boundaries between the public and the private, and between the micro and the macro levels. The chapter then introduced the concept of governance, understood as a combination of different modes of coordination needed to capture the complex nature of home care. On this basis, it presented an analytical framework for studying home care governance from a comparative perspective. The aim of the present chapter is twofold: to explain the source of the analytical framework and, by doing this, to identify its innovative features. This discussion also provides a basis for discussing the contribution of the analysis presented in the following chapters to the existing literature. The aim of the analysis presented in this book is twofold: first, to systematically map out the governance of home care in relation to a number of areas of governing across our nine countries and, second, to explore the ways in which institutions and ideas (and the interplay between them) shape governing arrangements. This chapter first introduces the notion of governance and discusses how the notion of governance applies to the area of home care. Against this background, it then explores different approaches to analysing home care governance and presents the social care and the public policy literature as two different yet complementary theoretical perspectives. CONCEPTUALISING THE GOVERNANCE OF HOME CARE As Chapter 1 suggests, home care is an area...

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