2004
Volume 31, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0169-2216
  • E-ISSN: 2468-9424

Abstract

Who cares? A comparison of care ideals of government and citizens

Who cares? A comparison of care ideals of government and citizens

In the public debate on participation there is much focus on the reconciliation of work and care for vulnerable groups. In this article we analyze the ideals of the government on care for children and the elderly and how these policies are related to the care ideals of citizens.Successive governments have considered professional child care as an important labor market instrument, needed to enable young parents to continue participating in the labor market. In policy documents on care for elderly there is also a focus on ‘participation’ but this refers to social participation. The professional elder care is inhibited as much as possible by encouraging informal care by family. These principles of policy do not correspond to the preferences of citizens. Most citizens find that care for ill parents is mainly a task for the government, but parents are somewhat reluctant to use formal child care.In the public debate on participation there is much focus on the reconciliation of work and care for vulnerable groups. In this article we analyze the ideals of the government on care for children and the elderly and how these policies are related to the care ideals of citizens.Successive governments have considered professional child care as an important labor market instrument, needed to enable young parents to continue participating in the labor market. In policy documents on care for elderly there is also a focus on ‘participation’ but this refers to social participation. The professional elder care is inhibited as much as possible by encouraging informal care by family. These principles of policy do not correspond to the preferences of citizens. Most citizens find that care for ill parents is mainly a task for the government, but parents are somewhat reluctant to use formal child care.

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