Local Welfare Policy Making in European Cities

  • Dagmar Kutsar
  • Marjo Kuronen

Part of the Social Indicators Research Series book series (SINS, volume 59)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Marjo Kuronen, Dagmar Kutsar
    Pages 1-14
  3. Women’s Local Labour Markets

  4. Local Welfare Policy Making

  5. Local Childcare Policy Making and Service Provision

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 117-117
    2. Marjo Kuronen, Teppo Kröger, Fernando Antón-Alonso, Roberta Cucca, Anna Escobedo, Per H. Jensen et al.
      Pages 119-134
  6. Local Care Policies and Systems for Older People

About this book


This book focuses on how EU welfare policies are implemented at the local level in 11 European cities and how local policy making addresses women’s care responsibilities. The book studies the complex combination of and the relationships between local political processes, policies, institutions, structural conditions and outputs, as well as outcomes for the women’s labour market integration. It demonstrates how cultural settings and multi-level governance patterns form the “playground” for local policy makers to formulate their welfare policies concerning service provision. The book further demonstrates how local production systems and the situation of the local labour market influence the prospects that women have in working and caring.

EU welfare policy promotes the labour market integration of women as well as gender equality. The provision of adequate care services is vital in supporting women’s employment. Within comparative welfare research, the focus has been on the national welfare systems and policies even if care services are overwhelmingly provided by local authorities that in many EU member states enjoy considerable autonomy. This book fills the gap in understanding local welfare policy making from a comparative perspective.


Local Child Care Policy Local care policies and systems for older people Local elderly care systems in Europe Women's Local Labour Markets care for older people comparative welfare research local welfare policies in the city of Leeds local welfare policy making role of families in providing care for children and old people. the national welfare systems and policies welfare policy research women’s labour market integration

Editors and affiliations

  • Dagmar Kutsar
    • 1
  • Marjo Kuronen
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Social StudiesUniversity of TartuTartuEstonia
  2. 2.Dept. of Social Sciences and PhilosophyUniversity of JyvaskylaJyvaskylaFinland

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