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Older volunteers in Sweden: a welfare state in transition
University of Gothenburg.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Economics and Statistics.
2014 (English)In: Active ageing: voluntary work by older people in Europe / [ed] Andrea Principi, Per H. Jensen & Giovanni Lamura, University of Chicago Press, 2014, 1, 197-216 p.Chapter in book (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The main objective of this chapter is to describe the mains features of the Swedish voluntary sector and the enrolment of older people in this sector. Sweden has a large non-profit and volunteer sector. The Swedish experience shows that a large voluntary sector is compatible with a strong and universal welfare state. Since the State is strongly involved in the provision of social services and the financing of a generous and encompassing social protection system, the Swedish volunteer organisations are less active in the fields of social services. By international standard, the participation rate of older volunteers is high and Sweden offers more opportunities than restrictions for older people to be engaged in volunteer activities. In spite of a recent retrenchment of the public sector and an increase of more welfare service oriented associations, the large majority of volunteer organisations are voice organisations and less of a philanthropic nature.

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University of Chicago Press, 2014, 1. 197-216 p.
Keyword [en]
Sweden, Volunteer organisations, Older volunteers, Welfare state
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Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-59078DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447307204.003.0009Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84978946780ISBN: 9781447307211 (print)ISBN: 9781447307204 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-59078DiVA: diva2:1057560
Available from: 2016-12-19 Created: 2016-12-16 Last updated: 2017-01-12Bibliographically approved

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