Social Policy, Inequality and Poverty in Eastern Europe

Social Policy, Inequality and Poverty in Eastern Europe

CROP POVERTY BRIEF: By Bob Deacon (Univ. of Sheffield & Univ. of York, UK) & Paul Stubbs (Inst. of Economics, Croatia).

April 2017

More than a quarter of a century after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the beginning of the wars of the Yugoslav succession, we know very little about the diverse welfare trajectories of these countries, which have been subjected to fundamental economic, political and social transformations. Post-socialist transition involved the installation of new social, political and economic systems and, in many cases, new independent nation-state structures.

All of these changes are leading to countries adopting diverse welfare trajectories in the region, some of which represent assemblages within one country of otherwise distinct country trajectories. The 2008 financial crisis is still weighing heavily on the region, with consequential charted and uncharted inequities. Under-the-table payments remain as one legacy of the communist period, making the exact cost of service provision to clients difficult to monitor and assess.

This Poverty Brief is a prologue to the workshop of the same name (13-15 June 2017, St Petersburg) that will provide an opportunity for a systematic stock-taking of recent post-socialist social policy developments in an increasingly diverse world region.

POVERTY BRIEF 37: Social Policy, Inequality and Poverty in Eastern Europe

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