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The role of civil society in health and social services: the Swedish case
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Institute of Gerontology. (Forskningsplattform socialt arbete. Äldres livsvillkor och omsorg.)
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Behavioural Science and Social Work. (Forskningsplattform socialt arbete. Äldres livsvillkor och omsorg.)
2012 (English)In: Ageing Connects: book of abstracts, 2012Conference paper, (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Sweden is often characterized as a role model for a country with high levels of taxation and asocial policy system of universal welfare schemes with the goal of helping people across the lifespan to maintain independence and integration into the community. An overall aim is that all older people should have equal access of care and services despite age, sex, ethnicity, or financial situation. It has been assumed that civil society is weak in the Swedish kind o strong welfare system . Research, however, has shown that Sweden has scored relatively highly when it comes to civil society vitality in the form of volunteering in organizations and informal help and care-giving 1992-2009. Sweden gives an example of a country where there does not seem to be any simple contradiction between having a vital civil society and a welfare state including a substantial public sector. Demographic changes of an increasingly aging population will, nevertheless, lead to challenges for the formal care system to further support and promote the continuation of volunteering as well as informal care-giving.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-20081OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-20081DiVA: diva2:574732
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IFA 11th global conference on ageing. 28 May- 1 June 2012
Available from: 2012-12-06 Created: 2012-12-06 Last updated: 2012-12-06Bibliographically approved

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