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Caring for Our OwnWhy There is No Political Demand for New American Social Welfare Rights$
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Sandra R. Levitsky

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199993123

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199993123.001.0001

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The Construction of Political Solutions to Unmet Long-Term Care Needs

The Construction of Political Solutions to Unmet Long-Term Care Needs

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(p.91) Chapter 4 The Construction of Political Solutions to Unmet Long-Term Care Needs
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Caring for Our Own
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Sandra R. Levitsky

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199993123.003.0004

This chapter considers how individuals imagine solutions for the social welfare problems they confront. The process of imagining alternative social arrangements for social welfare problems involves the evaluation of a range of culturally available models. In choosing from among these alternatives, individuals turn to those social arrangements that are consistent with more familiar ways of thinking and talking about social welfare. For individuals to accept an expanded state role in the case of long-term care, they require a model of state intervention that does not substitute the state for family responsibility for care, but that instead integrates the need for state assistance into a belief system that privileges family responsibility for health care. This produces claims for state entitlements that do challenge existing social arrangements for care provision, but within a welfare state framework that conceives of only a minimal role for the state in safeguarding social welfare.

Keywords:   social welfare, long-term care, welfare state, political claims, state intervention, entitlements

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