Quotation Österle, August. 2016. Long-term Care Policies in Europe. Between Fiscal and Social Sustainability. Politiche Sociali / Social Policies III (1): S. 3-20.




Over the past two decades, many European countries have established more comprehensive long-term care policies. But this expansionary trend was accompanied by cost containment and retrenchment. This contribution discusses these developments in European long-term care policies from a sustainability perspective. Sustainability requires that current practices do not harm the opportunities of future generations. This is usually discussed in terms of financial sustainability, the question whether we can afford policies in the future. Many reports point at a growing financial burden for welfare states, which has become a major driver of cost-containment or even retrenchment policies across Europe. But these debates usually ignore the social consequences for future generations. It will be shown that cost containment measures can put the coverage of care needs, the provision of care work, and equitable access to long-term care at risk. If the sustainable development concept is taken seriously, the economic and social dimensions need to be more closely connected in long-term care policies.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Politiche Sociali / Social Policies
Language English
Title Long-term Care Policies in Europe. Between Fiscal and Social Sustainability
Volume III
Number 1
Year 2016
Page from 3
Page to 20
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.7389/83115


Österle, August (Details)
Institute for Social Policy IN (Details)
Research Institute for Economics of Aging FI (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5341 Economic policy (Details)
5346 Economics of the health system (Details)
5421 Aging research (Details)
5911 Social policy (Details)
5933 Aging research (Details)
5942 European integration (Details)
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