Financialization of Eldercare in a Nordic Welfare State
Hoppania, H.-K., Karsio, O., Näre, L., Vaittinen, T., & Zechner, M. (2022). Financialization of Eldercare in a Nordic Welfare State. Journal of Social Policy, First View. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0047279422000137
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The increasing presence of for-profit service providers in publicly-funded eldercare has transformed care in Nordic welfare states which have a strong tradition of public care provision. Macro-level research on care policies has mainly focused on public institutions, national policies, and marketization. The financialization of eldercare has not received much scholarly attention, and existing studies mostly focus on the UK. The financialization of eldercare refers to the ways in which care is both a site of profit extraction and financial engineering. The Nordic system is relatively universal, and, with rapidly ageing demographics, there is a secured demand for eldercare services. However, these services have been heavily marketized over the past two decades, opening up lucrative possibilities for financialized actors who have established a stronghold over the markets. We analyse these processes through selected empirical examples from Finland, and argue that the financialization of eldercare in the Nordic context demands attention as we are witnessing a new configuration between the constitutional order of the welfare state, public finances, and private profit which is neither transparent, nor democratic. ...
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Related funder(s)Academy of Finland
Funding program(s)Centre of Excellence, AoF
Additional information about fundingThis work was supported by Academy of Finland [grant numbers 251239; 297053; 321972; 325976; 336668], Kone Foundation [grant number 201802636], NordForsk [grant number 74637] and Strategic Research Council (SRC) [grant number 345388]. Open access funded by Helsinki University Library.
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