Marketisation and state regulation in eldercare: Lessons to learn from Canada?

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Funding source

Forte - Swedish Research Council for Health, Working Life and Welfare

Project Details

Start date: 01/07/2012
End date: 30/11/2012
Funding: 135000 SEK


The main purpose of Albert Banerjee’s visit was to share research perspectives on the Canadian experience with regulating social welfare services, and in particular long-term residential care, with Swedish researchers, and contribute to developing international comparative research on this important topic. During his four months stay at Stockholm University, Department of Social Work, he was affiliated with researchers in the FAS funded research programme “Transformations in Care” led by Marta Szebehely. He participated in all the daily activities of the team and took part in many seminars and discussions, and presented his research in two public seminars at the Department “Regulation and the Role of the State,” (September 25, 2012) and “Exploring Epistemological Violence: Feminist Epistemology’s Contribution to Residential Care,” (October 22, 2012).

During his visit Banerjee presented his current research on regulation at three conferences: 1) “Accountability in Ontario’s Residential Care” at a conference in Oslo, Norway, organised by the FAS-funded research network Normacare (Nordic Research Network on Marketisationin Eldercare, led by Marta Szebehely (August 20, 2012); 2) “Marketization and the State Regulation of Eldercare: Comparing Canada and Sweden” at the REASSESS: Reassessing the Nordic Welfare Model conference in Oslo, Norway (August 21-22, 2012), and 3) “Regulating Care,” at The European Sociological Association’s Research Network on Ageing in Europe Bi-annual Conference in Umeå (October 3-5, 2012).

During his stay, Banerjee also established several new research collaborations: one with PhD student Liina Sointu (Tampare University, Finland) that will explore the practical contributions of feminist epistemology to regulation in the residential care context; and one with Professor Marie Sallnäs and Associate Professor Stefan Wiklund (both at Stockholm University) entitled “A comparison between two regulatory regimes. Child welfare in Sweden and elderly care in Canada.”

Overall, this visiting fellow stay was very successful when it comes to developing existing and establish new partnerships. Through Banerjee's participation in seminars and conferences also a wider Nordic research community gained from his knowledge about the role of the state in regulating quality of welfare services in a welfare regime (Canada) with a much longer history of marketisation in eldercare and other welfare services.

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