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Work and Welfare in Europe

The Political Economy of Household Services in Europe

Authors: Carbonnier, Clément

Editors: Morel, Nathalie (Ed.)

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This edited volume assesses from a variety of perspectives the policies introduced to support the development of household services across Europe. It highlights the impact of these costly policies on the creation of low quality jobs and on labour market dualisation, and questions their social and economic outcomes.

About the authors

Clément Carbonnier, University of Cergy-Pontoise, France Nathalie Morel, Sciences Po, France Kristiina Aalto, University of Helsinki, Finland Catharina Calleman, Stockholm University, Sweden François-Xavier Devetter, University of Lille, France Virginie Guiraudon, Sciences Po, France Heikki Hiilamo, University of Helsinki, Finland Florence Jany-Catrice, University of Lille, France Clémence Ledoux, University of Nantes, France Marion Lefebvre, University of Lille, France Kai Leichsenring, European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Vienna Ive Marx, University of Antwerp, Belgium Anita Nyberg, Stockholm University, Sweden Andrea Schmidt, European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Vienna Karen Shire, University Duisburg-Essen, Germany Dieter Vandelannoote, Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy, Belgium Juliane Winkelmann, European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Vienna

Reviews

"This is a wonderfully illuminating book presenting a new incisive analysis of the political economy of household services. It throws light on the increasing use of tax breaks in Continental and Nordic welfare states to support the private employment of household and care services. While the political legitimacy for this is that it helps the productivity of skilled professional workers in the knowledge economy and employment for those marginalised from the labor market, the reality is new social, gendered and ethnic inequalities and labour market dualisms. A major contribution to understanding the contradictions of neo-liberal welfare polices." - Fiona Williams, University of Leeds, UK

"Using public policy to create new incentive structures for the marketization of household services is one of the very important albeit under-analysed directions of change as welfare regimes are restructured. Nathalie Morel and Clément Carbonnier have assembled a truly impressive array of experts to describe and assess this redesign and thereby to make it fully visible to social policy analysis. The cross-disciplinary approach bringing together, among others, political scientists, economists and sociologists provides a rich array of lens with which to view reliance on tax credits to replace more familiar policy instruments in order to achieve market-making policy effects." - Jane Jenson, Université de Montréal, Canada

"This book puts into perspective some celebrated employment miracles, which, if on the one hand they allowed low skilled individuals to access jobs, at the same time reinforced old inequalities and generated new ones. With its multidisciplinary approach, this book sheds light on the increasing use of fiscal instruments in Continental and Nordic welfare states to foster low skilled employment, on the labour market outcomes of these policies, as well as on their social and welfare consequences. A recommended reading to all those who want to understand the complexity of post-industrial societies." - Giuliano Bonoli, Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration, Switzerland


Table of contents (12 chapters)

  • Taking the Low Road: The Political Economy of Household Services in Europe

    Morel, Nathalie (et al.)

    Pages 1-36

  • The Politics of Tax Exemptions for Household Services in France

    Guiraudon, Virginie (et al.)

    Pages 39-59

  • Creating a ‘Personal Services’ Sector in France

    Jany-Catrice, Florence

    Pages 60-81

  • The Politics of Domestic Outsourcing in Finland and Sweden

    Hiilamo, Heikki

    Pages 82-101

  • State Policies Encouraging the Outsourcing of Personal and Household Labour in Germany: Familialism and Women’s Employment in Conservative Welfare States

    Shire, Karen

    Pages 102-126

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Political Economy of Household Services in Europe
Authors
Editors
  • Nathalie Morel
Series Title
Work and Welfare in Europe
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-47372-1
DOI
10.1057/9781137473721
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-47371-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 288
Topics