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Intergenerational relationsEuropean perspectives in family and society$
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Isabelle Albert and Dieter Ferring

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300984

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300984.001.0001

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Intergenerational solidarity in families: interplay between the family and the state

Intergenerational solidarity in families: interplay between the family and the state

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(p.25) Two Intergenerational solidarity in families: interplay between the family and the state
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Intergenerational relations
Author(s):

Kairi Kasearu

Dagmar Kutsar

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447300984.003.0003

The chapter concentrates on the debate over the interplay between the state and the family as support providers and their effect on intergenerational solidarity. The main objective of the article is to discuss whether the welfare state will crowd-in or crowd-out the family support, by taking into account different dimensions of intergenerational solidarity: functional, affective and associative. The chapter highlights the pattern of familial solidarity between generations and how it is embedded into the societal and cultural context, by describing the division of care obligations between the state and the family in different welfare systems, such as familialistic, defamilialised and re-familialised. Moreover, the changes of intergenerational solidarity in post-communist countries are discussed by declaring that a rapidly changing social security system accompanied by demographic changes will challenge the private support network and will impact intergenerational relations.

Keywords:   intergenerational solidarity, crowding-in, crowding out, welfare regimes

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