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Post-communist Welfare Capitalisms: Bringing Institutions and Political Agency Back In

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  • Alfio Cerami

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    (Independent Researcher)

  • Paul Stubbs

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    (The Institute of Economics, Zagreb)

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This article explores the post-communist worlds of welfare capitalism in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe, including the successor states of the former Soviet Union. It discusses recent developments, whilst offering some additional theoretical reflections on the key factors that have shaped welfare state change over time. The text explores key institutional features characterising these worlds of welfare capitalism in transition. In order to highlight the actions of political elites in the market, we discuss the notions of “state-enabled”, “state-influenced” and “state-interfered” market economies. In this article, we introduce the term “captured welfare systems” to refer to the ways in which some states and political elites interfere in the market in order to capture resources. In the conclusion, we move beyond classical approaches to institutional change based on path-dependency and lock-in arguments, drawing attention to the importance of bringing institutions and political agency back into the analysis of welfare and its transformations.

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Paper provided by The Institute of Economics, Zagreb in its series Working Papers with number 1103.

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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2011
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Handle: RePEc:iez:wpaper:1103

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Keywords: political economy of welfare capitalism; captured welfare system; Central and Eastern Europe; South Eastern Europe; former Soviet Union;

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  1. Amable, Bruno, 2003. "The Diversity of Modern Capitalism," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199261147.
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