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Poverty is an issue facing countries around the globe, yet it is a multi-dimensional phenomenon caused by a variety of factors, differing from context with no linear chain of cause and effect. The occurrence and persistence of poverty is influenced by an interrelated web of economic, social, psychological, cultural, and political factors.
Focusing on countries-in-transition belonging to the former Soviet bloc where the existence of poverty was officially denied until the collapse of the Soviet Union, this volume examines the ways in which each country is dealing with its newly acknowledged and rapidly increasing poverty. The transition from socialism to democracy and market economies has proved more difficult and costly than anyone imagined. Scholars from the six countries examined here profile and evaluate current social policies and programs on poverty eradication and provide a comparative perspective that ensures that culturally specific solutions can be found in place of borrowed solutions from abroad - solutions which have thus far ignored the cultural factor and have thus failed to deliver.
|Ch. 1||Recent Trends in Poverty in Hungary||32|
|Ch. 2||Emerging Poverty in Bulgaria||77|
|Ch. 3||Poverty in Romania||102|
|Ch. 4||Toward Poverty Eradication in Georgia||130|
|Ch. 5||The Russian Case: Social Policy Concerns||177|
|Ch. 6||Mongolia: In the Grip of Poverty||223|