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Policy for elderly care and the role of voluntary organizations in UK

Ki-Nam Park 1

1한림대학교

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ABSTRACT

This paper is trying to look into the influences of elderly care policy on the satisfaction of care receivers and relational autonomy between care givers and receivers. In order to have a more realistic understanding, we need a new perspective beyond the existing framework confined to state and market. Direct interviews with policy specialists and voluntary organizations in UK have been conducted. Market is major policy channel for providing elderly services. However negative aspects of this approach are not noticed enough, especially on the effects on relational autonomy and quality of services. First of all, the major reason is that old people as care receivers and unpaid care givers are supported their choice and autonomy as an inclusive citizenship by voluntary organizations deeply rooted in local communities. They can represent their collective needs and interests through diverse activities of voluntary organizations mediating unequal power relations among state, market and policy beneficiaries. The experience of UK may provide Korean policy makers and related actors to rethink over the governance among state, market, and civil society on their own development of long-term elderly care.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.