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Care policies and governance in the Czech Republic and Norway

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HORÁK Pavel HORÁKOVÁ Markéta SEEBERG Marie Louise JESSEN Jorunn Theresia

Year of publication 2017
Type Chapter of a book
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Faculty of Social Studies

Description This chapter is devoted to the comparison of design and governance of contemporary childcare and eldercare policies in Norway and the Czech Republic, countries that face historically similar (although not equal) structures of in-need populations. In the text we first focus on childcare policy and subsequently on eldercare policy. The comparisons of both policies in Norway and the Czech Republic begin with a summary of crucial theoretical assumptions on welfare regimes as well as the current characteristics of care policies in both countries. Then we analyse key characteristics of the two policy systems in terms of policy design (benefits and services provided and conditions of its offer) and their governance (financing and regulation of policies, accessibility and quality of particular policy measures). To cover these areas of comparison, in which we explore similarities and differences of both systems, we use a wide range of quantitative and qualitative data obtained for the last decade: national and international statistics, legislation, research studies, professional literature, and newspaper articles.
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