From the Commodification to the Corporatization of Care: European Perspectives and Debates

Farris, Sara R. and Marchetti, Sabrina. 2017. From the Commodification to the Corporatization of Care: European Perspectives and Debates. Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society, 24(2), pp. 109-131. ISSN 1072-4745 [Article]

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Recent developments in western Europe show that for-profit companies of different sizes, including large multinational firms, are increasingly investing in care and buying significant shares within the on-going privatization of the care and health national systems. Reflecting upon these developments this article argues that the current reconfiguration of care is driven not only by processes of commodification and marketization, but also by complex mechanisms of “corporatization.” To substantiate this argument we undertake an overview of the transformations investing elder and childcare in some European countries and provide a “typology of care” in order to clarify our concept of care corporatization.

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Corporate care, commodification of care, marketization of care, welfare state, Italy, UK, Sweden

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13 April 2017Accepted
22 June 2017Published

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12 May 2017 15:46

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