Policy brief: Balancing formal and informal care provision within varieties of familialism: Slovenia and Austria


Maša Filipovič Hrast, Valentina Hlebec




Filipovič Hrast, M., Rodrigues, R., Ilinca, S., Kadi, S. & Hlebec, V. (2021). Balancing formal and informal care provision within varieties of familialism: Slovenia and Austria, Policy Brief 2021/5. Vienna: European Centre.


In this policy brief we summarize the main insights from the DET_CAREMIX project that aimed to gain a better understanding of how dependent older people and their families make choices regarding care arrangements in LTC, with a particular focus on gender and socioeconomic inequalities in care. Our findings suggest that supported familialism, even when generous, may still reinforce traditional gendered task divisions. Furthermore, the ability of families to defamilialize through the market was associated with higher socio-economic position, but differences between Slovenia and Austria were small. The results of both the quantitative and qualitative studies indicate that future care policies should focus on supporting women to reconcile care and work and on promoting a gender-balanced sharing of care obligations, as well as develop accessible formal care services for all. The policy brief is available in English and German.