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Author: Joan Tronto

Neoliberal policies around the globe have made caring more difficult. Yet, many scholars seem to have accepted neoliberalism as an inescapable reality. This article argues against this view. Instead, it suggests that care stands as a major alternative way to the neoliberal paradigm, both conceptually and historically. Formulating a conceptual account of people as homines curans (caring people) and drawing upon Polanyi’s history of market ideologies, the article argues that a democratic form of care – which makes the reallocation of care responsibilities its central concern – can provide the basis for a theoretical challenge to neoliberalism.

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Author: Joan Tronto

Care is in crisis everywhere in the world. Neoliberal policies in wealthier states have cheapened the cost of care at home by privatizing care and importing increasing amounts of care labour. This action pushes the “care deficit” onto still less well-off societies. No solution to this problem can be found until care is sufficiently valued on a global level. In order for that to happen, the state as the “container” of care needs closer scrutiny.

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