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The call for abstrat for the session organized by Tine Rostgaard and Costanzo Ranci at next ESPAnet 2020 conference is now open. The session will deal with:

Disparities in care arrangements and access to care benefits in different care regimes

The conference  will take place in Leuven on 2-4 September 2020. The deadline for submission is Wednesday 15th April 2020.

There has been growing interest in care inequality in recent years but, despite its importance to care research and policy and to the study of inequality more widely, it remains an under-explored area. This session/panel aims to bring together researchers working on this topic to share their research, discuss the conceptual frameworks and methodological approaches.

The issue of care inequality will be addressed from different perspectives. Firstly, care practices and arrangements are not neutral to socio-economic disparities but reflect different class and income positions. Moreover, recent trends towards targeting of public services and/or expansion of market provision of care have increased the class/income-based selectivity of actual care arrangements. Secondly, access to public care benefits (both cash and in-kind) is often selective by class, income and level of needs, though to different extent in different countries and care regimes. Research on childcare services has already highlighted the existence of Matthew effects in the access to such services, while research on long term care has stressed the relevance of care poverty and inequalities in the access to public as well as market care services (such as the employment of migrant care workers, for example). The recent emergence of sharper tensions between universalism and selectivity in many care regimes (for example, in need assessment or in the consideration of means tests in fixing the amount of benefits or fees) has also relevant impacts on care inequality.

In the session, the following aspects will be considered:

  • Inequalities in care arrangements and practices
  • Care poverty, care needs and socio-economic inequalities
  • Matthew effects in the access to care services
  • Eligibility rules, need assessment and selectivity in the access to care services
  • Tensions between universalism and selectivity and their impact on care inequality
  • Marketization and privatization of care and their effects on care inequality

For more information about the submission procedures, please, consult the conference website.