Handbook on Gender and Social Policy
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Handbook on Gender and Social Policy

Edited by Sheila Shaver

Providing a state of the art overview, this comprehensive Handbook is an essential introduction to the subject of Gender and Social Policy. Bringing together original contributions and research from leading researchers it covers the theoretical perspectives of the field, the central policy terrain of gender inequalities of income, employment and care, and family policy. Examining gender and social policy at both the regional and national level, the Handbook is an excellent resource for advanced students and scholars of sociology, political science, women’s studies, policy studies as well as practitioners seeking to understand how gender shapes the contours of social policy and politics.
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Chapter 14: Care and migration

Deborah Brennan and Elizabeth Adamson


The demand for services such as childcare, elder care and care for people with long-term illness or disability is escalating in western welfare states. In the face of rising demand and growing fiscal pressures, governments in many high-income countries have stepped back from providing or funding the supply of care services, opting instead to provide cash subsidies and/or tax concessions and to promote markets in care, constituting care recipients as consumers in a marketplace rather than as citizens with entitlements to services. These trends in the demand for care and in the nature of its financing and provision intersect with the feminization of migration and the weakening of traditional labour market protections such as collective bargaining. The aim of this chapter is to show the connections between policies that govern care, employment and international migration, and to outline some the key debates that have emerged in this relatively new domain of policy and scholarship.

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