Who should care for whom and under which conditions? Gender analysis of care regimes and family policy
This paper deals with family policy as a domain of contemporary welfare state social policy from gender theory point of view. The purpose of the paper is to present “care regime” as the key concept of comparative family policy research. The main question of the paper is who cares about child in European welfare states, how childcare is divided between state, market and family. The care regime involved a set of direct and indirect family supports, normative conceptions of good care as well as the actors of care, their status in society. The author singles out the following care regimes: etatization, privatization and marketization of care as the different responses for the "care deficit" in western societies.