The Main Aim

COST Action Who Cares in Europe? aims to define and develop an emerging research field that explores the relationships among voluntary associations, families and states in the creation of social welfare in Europe.

It focuses on the question of how state welfare emerged from the social welfare provided by non-profit, non-state institutions and individuals; how it has developed and changed over time; and how, in recent years, it has entered into crisis in many countries.

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As of March 2020, COVID-19 has put all but virtual CA 18119 activities on hold: First, our CA 18119 panel at the ESSHC, in Leiden, was moved to March 2021. This made it abundantly clear that our April meeting in Florence was equally untenable, and we have provisionally moved it to 07-08 December 2020. In the meantime, we remain in touch, and project leaders continue to develop their ideas via zoom and skype.