Caring Responsibilities in European Law and Policy: Who Cares?

1st Edition

Eugenia Caracciolo Di Torella, Annick Masselot

Routledge
February 18, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 216 Pages
ISBN 9780415529716 - CAT# Y136486

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Summary

This book explores the emerging engagement of EU law with care, childcare and long-term carers.

The book argues that the regulation of care is crucial because it enables the development of a broad range of EU policies, allowing the sustainability of society and ultimately allowing individuals to flourish. Yet to date, the EU approach to regulate the caring relationship remains piecemeal and lacks the underpinning of a cohesive strategy. Against this backdrop, this book argues that the EU can and must take leadership in this area by setting principles and standards in accordance with the values of the Treaty, in particular gender equality, human dignity, solidarity and well-being. The book further makes a case for a stronger protection for carers, who should not only be protected against discrimination, but should also be supported, valued and put in the position to make choices and lead full lives. In order to achieve this, a proactive approach to rebalancing the relationship between paid and unpaid work is necessary. Ultimately, the book puts forward a series of legal and policy recommendations for a holistic approach of care in the EU.

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