Outsourcing Domestic (Care) Work: The Politics, Policies, and Political Economy

Estévez Abe Margarita, Barbara Hobson

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This article introduces the theme of the special issue on Outsourcing Domestic (Care) Work. We conceptualize "outsourcing of domestic work" as a process by which both the state and family increase their reliance on private markets to carry out both care and non-care domestic services. We argue that this outsourcing is happening in response to three "deficits" that many wealthy European countries face - "care deficit," "time deficit", and "job deficit."

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-146
Number of pages14
JournalSocial Politics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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