Strategies of Care: Changing Elderly Care in Italy and the Netherlands (Care and Welfare Series)

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In Strategies of Care, Barbara Da Roit traces the changes in the elderly care systems of Italy and the Netherlands since the early 1990s, drawing attention to the advantages and disadvantages of these two very different models. She examines the formal care system of the Dutch, and reveals how this system—despite strong policy pressures—has remained relatively stable, while the Italian system has undergone major transitions despite minimal policy intervention. Based on a wealth of data and extensive interviews with both caregivers and patients, Strategies of Care will appeal to anyone interested in the future of European health care debates.

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Barbara Da Roit is assistant professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science at Utrecht University.

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Frailty and dependence in old age are becoming an important issue in intergenerational relationships within families. But countries differ in the way and degree to which they provide resources in order not to leave alone both families and old people needing care. In comparing two quite different national cases, Da Roit offers important insights on the complex web of interests and actors involved in dealing with this difficult phase of life, on how both the definition of the problem and the allocation of resources may differ, with what consequences both for those needing care and for - paid and unpaid - caregivers. Professor Chiara Saraceno,research professor on Demographic Change, Social Change and Social Capital at the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin f�r Sozialforschung in Berlin[-][-]"Long-term care policy is one of the most challenging issues for contemporary welfare states. In this remarkable book, Barbara da Roit proposes a real lesson for academics and graduate students in what the comparison may reveal, while offering policymakers some crucial ideas for their next reforms." Claude Martin, Chair on 'Social Care' at the EHESP School of Public Health, University of Rennes, France, and Director of Research at the CNRS.[-][-]"Here is a timely and important comparison of two very different societies coming to grips with the growing challenge of elder care. Da Roit's emphasis on individual and collective social actors adds fresh insight to her astute analysis of policy regimes in Italy and the Netherlands, revealing surprising developments in both cases. Essential reading for scholars and policymakers alike." Sonya Michel, Director of United States Studies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington.[-]

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