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Caring for Our Own: Why There is No Political Demand for New American Social Welfare Rights

Sandra R. Levitsky


Aging populations and changes in health care, household structure, and women’s labor force participation over the last half century have created a “crisis in care”: demand for care of the old and infirm is rapidly growing, while the supply of private care within the family is substantially contracting. And yet despite the adverse effects of the long-term care crisis on the economic security of families and the health of family caregivers, American families have demonstrated little inclination for translating their private care problems into political demands for social policy reform. Caring fo ... More

Keywords: long-term care, caregivers, social welfare, policy reform, entitlements, rights, political demand, family responsibility, social provision, politicize

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199993123
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199993123.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sandra R. Levitsky, author
Department of Sociology, University of Michigan