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Care and social integration in European societies$
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Birgit Pfau-Effinger and Birgit Geissler

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9781861346049

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861346049.001.0001

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Informal family-based care work in the Austrian care arrangement

Informal family-based care work in the Austrian care arrangement

Chapter:
(p.173) Nine Informal family-based care work in the Austrian care arrangement
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Care and social integration in European societies
Author(s):

Margareta Kreimer

Helene Schiffbänker

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861346049.003.0009

This chapter starts by discussing the Austrian care system and giving some figures about female labour market participation. It also describes the social integration of family care on the conceptual level. It then verifies if the changes that are currently observed in Austria may be interpreted as a transformation of the traditional breadwinner model into a new care model. It comes to the conclusion that Austria is still far away from the realisation of a caregiving parity model. Additionally, it investigates the question of whether the Austrian care arrangement fits into a caregiving social wage model for three groups of carers: lone mothers, partnered/married mothers and long-term carers. The actual Austrian welfare state does not show a progressive development in the direction of a caregiving parity model.

Keywords:   Austrian care arrangement, labour market participation, family care, Austria, caregiving parity model, Austrian welfare state, social wage

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