Care work: the quest for security
In the past, policymakers and economists have made little attempt to measure the extent or incidence of care work, let alone its economic and social value. Performed predominantly by women, care workers look after children, the elderly, and people with disabilities. This book provides an analysis of care work as a relevant social policy phenomenon in industrialised and developing countries; and explores how provisions for care are made, who benefits, and who pays. The study takes both an empirical and a conceptual approach to examine the differences in how care work is defined and treated in different parts of the world, including western Europe, India, Brazil and Russia. It discusses various types of policy interventions including benefits, taxation allowances, and different types of paid and unpaid leave.
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Introduction Mary Daly and Guy Standing
Overcoming insecurity and neglect Guy Standing
Care policies in Western Europe Mary Daly
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