Patterns of intergeneration solidarity in Europe

Raab, Marcel ; Ruland, Michael ; Schmidt, Christopher

Document Type: Conference or workshop publication
Year of publication: 2009
Book title: ESA 2009 : 9th Conference of European Sociological Assoication ESA 2009, European Society or European Societies? 02 - 05 September 2009, Lisboa - Portugal, ISCTE - IUL : abstract book
Page range: 75
Conference title: ESA 2009
Location of the conference venue: Lisboa, Portugal
Date of the conference: 02.-05.09.2009
Publisher: Wallace, Claire
Place of publication: Paris
Publishing house: European Sociological Association (ESA)
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Social Sciences > Bildungs- u. Familiensoziologie (Juniorprofessur) (Raab 2015-2020)
Subject: 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: From cross-national studies like OASIS (Old age and autonomy: The role of service systems and intergenerational family solidarity)and SHARE (Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe) a large body of literature dedicated to international comparisons in the field of intergenerational solidarity has emanated over the last decade. With regard to the crowding-in versus the crowding-out argument a lot of articles classify the European states in accordance to the extended welfare regime classification of Esping Andersen and hence distinguish between the 'social democratic' states of Scandinavia, the 'conservative' countries of Central Europe and the 'family-centered' Southern European nations. Although the classification initially was developed for the comparison of welfare states it is applied by a lot of researchers in the context of intergenerational solidarity. Surprisingly, this often happens without theoretical reasoning and multivariate empirical validation. Our paper aims to tackle these two lacks. Motivated by Reher's article on family ties in Western Europe, we are questioning the suitability of Esping-Andersen's classification in order to separate intergenerational solidarity regimes in Europe. Instead of his classification we suggest a much simpler divisioninto just two regions: Southern European countries on the one hand and the center and the north of Europe on the other hand. To uncover these intergenerational solidarity regimes within families in Europe, we use SHARE-data and hierarchical cluster analysis. The selection of cluster variables is based on the theoretical and empirical considerations of Bengtson and colleagues. Dueto data restrictions we focus on the structural, the normative and the functional dimension of solidarity. Our findings suggest thatReher's rather simple approach is more appropriate to cluster European countries than Esping-Andersen's classification. Although the statistical stopping rules favor a two-cluster solution our results do not completely contradict the classical 'North - Continental -South'-classification. Hence, we argue that researchers should not use any classification without context-specific theoretical arguments and/or empirical findings justifying their decision.
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