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Ageing in the Mediterranean$
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Joseph Troisi and Hans-Joachim von Kondratowitz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447301066

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447301066.001.0001

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New approaches to familism in the management of social policy for old age in Portugal

New approaches to familism in the management of social policy for old age in Portugal

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(p.215) Ten New approaches to familism in the management of social policy for old age in Portugal
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Ageing in the Mediterranean
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Alexandra Lopes

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447301066.003.0010

Traditionally grounded on a ‘family model’, Southern European countries have come to terms with the recognition that there is a need to develop community care, social policy and to regulate long term care funding. However, a straightforward move from a ‘family-model’ to a modern ‘community-based model’ is tough to achieve in times of severe cuts in social expenditure. Faced with the prospect of withdrawal of existing social programs as a way to contain public debt and deficits, Southern European countries have to be creative and put to good use their familist assets.In this paper we analyze some elements of the recent Portuguese LTC reform that we believe can provide good insights to thinking about a smooth transition to a Southern European community-based care model.

Keywords:   Long-term care, Ageing, Familism, Social Policy, Portugal

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