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Palgrave Macmillan

Eldercare Policies in Japan and Scandinavia

Aging Societies East and West

ISBN 9781137402622
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Aging societies are an issue of increasing importance in advanced industrial societies, and many developing nations. This book focuses on the key challenge of long-term care for the growing number of frail elderly, examining how two very culturally different societies, Japan and Norway, have addressed this challenge, and drawing lessons with wider applicability for aging societies. Chapters focus on long-term care institutions, the role of formal and informal care-providers, how assessments are used to allocate care, how care quality is assessed, and how aging society issues influence national politics.

John Creighton Campbell is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Michigan, USA and a Visiting Researcher at the Institute of Gerontology, University of Tokyo, Japan. His specialty is Japanese politics and public policy, with a particular focus on old-age programs and health care. He is interested in how policies change from agenda-setting through implementation and in the relationship between politics and substantive public policy. He works mostly on Japan, often in comparative perspective, and these days mainly focuses on social policy, including health care and Japan's new public and the mandatory long-term-care insurance system.

Unni Edvardsen is Performance Auditor at Salten kommunerevisjon, Norway, an inter-municipal local government organization. In this capacity, she has conducted auditor studies on the quality of care in municipalities, as well as other topics. She wrote her master's thesis in comparative political science, focusing on Japanese politics. In recent years, she has also studied law at the University in Oslo. She has worked both within academia and as a public servant, and she was a research fellow for four years at the Department of Sociology and Political Science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (2002-2006).

Paul Midford is Professor and Director of the Japan Program at the Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim. He received his PhD in Political Science from Columbia University, USA, in 2001. His research interests include Japanese foreign and defense policies, the impact of public opinion on policy, renewables and energy security, and East Asian security multilateralism. Midford is the author of Rethinking Japanese Public Opinion and Security: From Pacifism to Realism? (2011).

Yayoi Saito is a Professor at the Graduate School of Human Sciences, Osaka University, Japan. She has a Master's Degree (University of Lund, Sweden) in Public Administration and a PhD (Osaka University, Japan) in Human Sciences. She has been a guest researcher at the University of Lund (2002), University of Oslo, Norway (2008), and University of Stockholm, Sweden (2012). Her central interests are international comparative studies of elder care. She has published books and articles on elder care. She works as a committee member of the Long-term Care Insurance Management Committee in several municipalities.

1. Japan's Long-Term-Care Insurance System
2. Eldercare in Norway – Content, Organization and Financing the Care System - a Brief History, Current Status and Future Prospects
3. Care Providers in Japan – Before and After the Long-Term Care Insurance
4. Formal Providers of Eldercare in Norway
5. Changes in Family and Informal Care in Japan
6. Changes in Family and Informal Care in Norway
7. Assessment Instrument and Allocation of Services in Japan
8. Assessment Instrument and the Allocation of Care Services in Norway
9. Quality of Care Services in the Japanese System of Long-Term Care
10. Quality of Care Services in Norway


"A fascinating read for anyone interested in how seemingly very different societies (Japan and Norway) organize their services for older people. From this a good deal can be learnt." - Gerdt Sundstrom, Professor Emeritus in Gerontology, Jönköping University, Sweden, and consultant with The Swedish Federation of Retired Persons
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