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The Supportive StateFamilies, Government, and America's Political Ideals$
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Maxine Eichner

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195343212

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343212.001.0001

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The Supportive State and Caretaker-Dependent (“Vertical”) Relationships

The Supportive State and Caretaker-Dependent (“Vertical”) Relationships

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(p.71) CHAPTER 3 The Supportive State and Caretaker-Dependent (“Vertical”) Relationships
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The Supportive State
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195343212.003.0004

This chapter develops the supportive state model in the context of caretaker-dependent or “vertical” relationships. It considers the state's responsibility vis-à-vis families for citizens who are substantially dependent on others, including children, the aged, and those with significant disabilities. To what extent is the welfare of dependents the state's responsibility, and to what extent is it their families? It is this issue that underlies contentious policy debates concerning welfare reform, foster care, and family leave. The chapter explains how the supportive state model helps resolve these conflicts.

Keywords:   children, elderly, caretaking, dependency, state, families, parental leave, liberalism, social security

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