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Social Change and Welfare State Developments in CEE and Russia

  • Cerami, Alfio

This paper provides a brief description of the main systemic problems (strukturprobleme) of post-communist capitalism(s), as well as exploring the main changes occurring in the social structure and the subsequent new social risks and welfare state responses emerging. It shows that post communist societies are characterized by more intense strukturprobleme, which are resulting in the materialization of broader social risks types and groups. As a consequence of a difficult and still uncompleted process of recalibration (functional, distributive, normative and institutional), the welfare states in Central and Eastern Europe and in the Russian Federation are called to face a double burden of responsibilities: they must ensure protection against old and new social risks for a larger proportion of citizens than those in the West, while, simultaneously, dealing with the most serious social, economic and political challenges stemming from the transition.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 8479.

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Date of creation: 2007
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  1. Crouch, Colin & Le Gales, Patrick & Trigilia, Carlo & Voelzkow, Helmut, 2004. "Changing Governance of Local Economies: Responses of European Local Production Systems," OUP Catalogue, Oxford University Press, number 9780199259403.
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  5. Cerami, Alfio, 2006. "Poverty and Social Structure in Russia: An Analysis of the First Decade of Transition," MPRA Paper 8378, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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