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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 174
Lead Author: Michael, Sonya a
Abstract: Social carethe care of children, frail elders, the disabled and chronically ill--has emerged as a key issue in contemporary social policymaking in both developed and developing societies around the globe. Increased female labor force participation, in combination with declining birth rates and rapidly aging societies, has undermined the conventional definition of care as unpaid work for women. Instead, care is increasingly being provided through public institutions or the market. In the view of policymakers, the scope, nature, and quality of social care services, as well as the conditions of those providing care, are linked to goals such as gender equality, intergenerational justice, global equity, and the development of human capital. Previous scholarship, based on the premise that social care policies are set primarily at the national or local level, has generally analyzed social care policymaking country by country. Future research, however, must be conducted on the assumption that the challenges facing social care policymakers are global and thus requires a transnational approach for full understanding and appropriate governance. A comprehensive research agenda in this field would draw on (and help develop) several strands of scholarship: feminist comparative social policy analysis, migration studies, labor studies, global economics, and studies of global governance.
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