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Familistic welfare capitalism in crisis: social reproduction and anti-social policy in Greece

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JournalJournal of International and Comparative Social Policy
DateE-pub ahead of print - 28 Nov 2013
DatePublished (current) - 2013
Issue number3
Number of pages21
Pages (from-to)204-224
Early online date28/11/13
Original languageEnglish


Familistic welfare capitalism is a model of national political economy where the family plays a double role both as the main provider of welfare to its members and as a key agent in the reproduction of its politico-economic institutional arrangements. First, this article examines the evolution of the familistic model of welfare capitalism in Southern Europe, and particularly how the concept of ‘decommodification’ and ‘social reproduction’ can be understood, using Greece as a case study. The second part analyses recent trends towards re-commodification by examining the austerity measures on employment and pensions, adopted by successive Greek governments. The third part analyses empirical data on the evolution of financial and other material resources of Greek households. The article concludes with an overall reflection on how the austerity measures accelerated the crisis of social reproduction of the familistic model, leading to the emergence of a political economy of generalised insecurity.


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