Post-Communist Welfare Pathways: Theorizing Social Policy Transformations in Central and Eastern Europe

Post-Communist Welfare Pathways: Theorizing Social Policy Transformations in Central and Eastern Europe

by Alfio Cerami, Pieter Vanhuysse

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This collection adopts novel theoretical approaches to study the diverse welfare state pathways that have evolved across Central and Eastern Europe since the fall of communism. Going beyond existing path dependency and neo-institutionalist explanations, it highlights the role of micro-causal mechanisms, ideas, discourses, path departures, power politics, and elite strategies. The contributions from leading international experts examine welfare in nine specific countries and across various social policy domains. Post-Communist Welfare Pathways offers a comprehensive, state-of-the-art account of the progress that has been made since 1989.

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ISBN-13: 9781349311293
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 10/29/2009
Edition description: 1st ed. 2009
Pages: 289
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.03(d)

About the Author

ALFIO CERAMI is Research Associate at the Centre for European Studies of Sciences Po, Paris, France
PIETER VANHUYSSE is Lecturer at the University of Haifa, Israel, and Research Affiliate at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research in Vienna, Austria
JOLANTA AIDUKAITE is Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Social Research, Lithuania
VEERLE DE MAESSCHALCK is Resarch Assistant at the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy of the University of Antwerp, The Netherlands
STEPHAN HAGGARD is the Lawrence and Sallye Krause Professor at the Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), USA
TOMASZ INGLOT is Professor of Political Science and Douglas R. Moore Faculty Research Lecturer at Minnesota State University, USA
ROBERT R. KAUFMAN is Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, USA
KRISTINE KERN is Assistant Professor at Wageningen University, The Netherlands
CLAUS OFFE was (until his retirement in 2005) Professor of Political Science at Humboldt University, Berlin, Germany
MIROSLAVA RÁKOCZYOVÁ is Researcher at the Research Institute for Labour and Social Affairs, Prague
CRISTINA RAT is Lecturer at the Sociology Department of the 'Babe?-Bolyai' University and Research Fellow at the Research Centre on Interethnic Relation (CCRIT), Cluj-Napoca, Romania
TOMÁ SIROVÁTKA is Professor of Social Policy at the Faculty of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Repulic
SIMONA MARIA STANESCU is a PhD. student in Sociology, Bucharest University and researcher at Quality of Life Research Institute, Romanian Academy, Romania
DOROTTYA SZIKRA is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at Eötvös University, Budapest
HILDEGARD THEOBALD is Professor of Organisational Gerontology at Centre for Research on Ageing and Society, Vechta University, Germany
BÈLA TOMKA is Associate Professor of Modern Social and Economic History at the Department of History, University of Szeged, Hungary
NATASCHA VAN MECHELEN is Senior Researcher at the Herman Deleeck Centre for Social Policy in Antwerp, Belgium

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables vii

Acknowledgements ix

List of Contributors x

1 Introduction: Social Policy Pathways, Twenty Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall Alfio Cerami Pieter Vanhuysse 1

Part 1 Theoretical Background

2 Social Policy in East Central Europe: Major Trends in the Twentieth Century Dorottya Szikra Béla Tomka 17

3 Mechanisms of Institutional Change in Central and Eastern European Welfare State Restructuring Alfio Cerami 35

4 Power, Order and the Politics of Social Policy in Central and Eastern Europe Pieter Vanhuysse 53

Part II Country Studies

5 Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia: Adaptation and Reform of the Post-Communist 'Emergency Welfare States' Tomasz Inglot 73

6 The Transformation of Welfare Systems in the Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania Jolanta Aidukaite 96

7 Welfare State Transformations in Bulgaria and Romania Alfio Cerami Simona Stanescu 112

Part III Sectoral Analysis and Challenges

8 Transnational Actors in Central and East European Pension Reforms Mitchell A. Orenstein 129

9 Elder Care Systems: Policy Transfer and Europeanization Hildegard Theobald Kristine Kern 148

10 The Impact of Minimum Income Guarantee Schemes in Central and Eastern Europe Cristina Rat 164

11 Devolution of Social Protection Arrangements Natascha Van Mechelen Veerle De Maesschalck 181

12 The Impact of EU Social Inclusion Strategy: the Czech Case Tomá Sirovátka Miroslava Rákoczyová 199

Concluding Remarks

13 The Eastern European Welfare State in Comparative Perspective Stephan Haggard Robert R. Kaufman 217

14 Epilogue: Lessons Learnt and Open Questions Claus Offe237

Notes 248

Bibliography 256

Index 287

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