Programme Grant: Transformations of care: Living the consequences of changing public policies

Project leader

Funding source

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

Project Details

Start date: 01/01/2007
End date: 31/12/2012
Funding: 12000000 SEK


The programme adopts a ‘bottom-up’ perspective on the ongoing changes in the steering ideas, resource allocation and organisation of the Swedish eldercare services. The overall aim is to analyse the intended and unintended outcomes of these policy changes as they, taken together, manifest themselves in the gendered everyday lives of frail older persons, their next of kin and the employed care workers. This is accomplished by linking three, usually unrelated, research traditions: feminist-oriented research on care, social policy-oriented welfare state research and research on the organising and work environment of welfare services. The programme is based on a broad collection of data, e.g. in-depth interviews with elderly persons within and outside the public service system, their next of kin, care workers and decisions-makers; participant observations of various forms of care work; mail surveys to care staff and local politicians and analysis of policy documents.

The programme comprises a range of research projects with empirical focus on the various parties affected by the changing public policies. In order to put the changes in Swedish eldercare into perspective the programme uses comparisons with other countries and other forms of care (childcare and care of disabled people). Several of these projects are based on a close collaboration between the Swedish team members and Nordic and Anglo-Saxon scholars. The researchers involved have different theoretical perspectives and research interests but have in common a wide experience of care research. Their complementary perspectives are essential to the programme and will be used in all steps of the research, from the elaboration of research questions through data collection to joint analysis and interpretation of the results. The close collaboration is used for creating opportunities for theoretical and methodological regeneration and for challenging perspectives taken for granted in Swedish eldercare research.

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