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Guest editors Professor Karen Christensen, University of Bergen, Norway and Professor Yueh-Ching Chou, National Yang-Ming University, Taiwan   

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A timely themed issue about variations and innovations in care and care work has just been published by the International Journal of Care and Caring. This themed issue provides new knowledge about some of the variations and innovations that have been developed by two important, ongoing changes impacting care and care work today. One is the global demographic challenge of an ageing population that will make it necessary to have a strong focus on eldercare, including care workers, in the future. Another is a change in the role of welfare service users from being traditionally passive receivers of help to becoming, and increasingly expected to be, active and more independent co-creators of their own support. One of the consequences of these changes is a new shift in the state-individual relationship, moving more responsibility from the state to the individual and involving more non-state actors. The themed issue comprises six scientific peer reviewed articles, three contributions to the Debates and Issues section, three book reviews and a review of the latest international Transforming Care Conference, where long-term care experts from around the world discussed new issues. The articles cover themes such as: personal assistance as an innovative welfare scheme; new marketization processes; blurring boundaries between formal and informal care work; the development of new services between residential, home and family care; full-time family carers’ challenges; the need for a new care ethic; and the almost unknown model of adult foster care for older people. Reading this themed issue will raise your knowledge about current innovations and variations of care work around the world.

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