The Return of the Family? Welfare State Retrenchment and Client Autonomy in Long-Term Care

Ellen Grootegoed, Diana Van Dijk

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European welfare states are cutting back their responsibilities for long-term care, emphasising ‘self-reliance’ and replacing care as an entitlement of citizenship with targeted services. But we do not know how former long-term care recipients cope with retrenchment and if they are able to negotiate support from their family and friends. Through an analysis of 500 telephone interviews and thirty face-to-face interviews with long-term care recipients facing reduced care rights in the Netherlands, we found that disabled and elderly persons resist increased dependence on their personal networks. Most clients who face reduced access to public long-term care do not seek alternative help despite their perceived need for it, and feel trapped between the policy definition of self-reliance and their own ideals of autonomy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)677-694
JournalJournal of Social Policy
Volume41
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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