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The New Eastern Europe
Social Policy Past, Present and Future

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May 1992 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Revolutions against communist regimes all over Eastern Europe have been acclaimed as heralding a new era of individual freedom, political democracy, and market economy. Yet these radical and rapid transitions exact social costs that, in turn, raise pressing questions about social policy in the new nations and republics: What is happening to the state-organized system of social guarantees, free hospitals, child-care benefits for working women, and other welfare services? Who now provides for the unemployed and the poor? Bringing together leading specialists on the social policy of the former Soviet Union, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, and Poland, this book systematically outlines the shortcomings of the old bureaucratic collectivist brand of welfare. The authors explain why the emerging system is--at least initially--often inadequate. Emphasizing this unique period of transition, The New Eastern Europe vividly demonstrates the difficulty of balancing social justice and economic efficiency in social policy. This accessible and timely volume is essential reading for students of comparative social policy, Soviet and Eastern European studies, and East European social policy, politics, and administration. "It [the book] is valuable because it gives the discussion of social policy a more global perspective. It is timely because all the countries are at such a crucial phase of development....puts social policy analysis into its global context." --Journal of Area Studies "Deacon and colleagues, many with first-hand experience of the old systems, have assembled an excellent overview of recent developments in social policy in five countries of Central and Eastern Europe. They combine detailed description of recent changes and future prospects with a more general consideration of social policy." --Critical Public Health
Bob Deacon
East European Welfare
Past, Present and Future in Comparative Context

 
Nick Manning
Social Policy in the Soviet Union and its Successors
Bob Deacon and Anna Vidinova
Social Policy in Bulgaria
Mita Castle-Kanerova
Social Policy in Czechoslovakia
Frances Millard
Social Policy in Poland
Julia Szalai and Eva Orosz
Social Policy in Hungary
Bob Deacon
The Future of Social Policy in Eastern Europe

`Deacon and colleagues, many with first hand experience of the old systems, have assembled an excellent overview of recent developments in social policy in five countries of Central and Eastern Europe' - Critical Public Health

`[Deacon] has become one of the still very few west-European sociologists who is well informed about eastern Europe in its great transition...a lot of useful, up-to-date information about trends in eastern Europe. This is approached scientifically through a social policy perspective, a comparative framework and a historical dimension' - Journal of European Social Policy

`Lively and thought provoking content will serve to stimulate student interest in comparative social policy. The volume contains detailed, well argued examinations of the historical development, transitional problems and future prospects' - Journal of Social Policy

`A very good book. The general chapters are model comparative surveys and the individual country chapters give a real feel for the issues in each country. It is a very ambitious book, for it seeks to explain and evaluate as well as describe... stimulating to read. The authors have been collaborating for some time and that shows in the coherence of the book' - Health Promotion International

`The authors' goal is to outline a framework by which the reader might analyze new developments in social policy. They succeed in doing that. The book is intended for students in comparative social policy or East European studies, especially those in social policy, politics and administration. But the book is also suitable for policy makers, politicians and their advisors in the East European countries themselves. Moreover a general public with an interest in social policy will find a good introduction and a rich source of up-to-date information. All six authors are specialists in the field of social policy in the countries described. Their contributions reach the same high level of quality' - European Journal of Public Health

`This collection of essays contains a country by country analysis of social policy in the Former Soviet Union (FSU), Bulgaria, Poland and Hungary.... It is valuable because it gives the discussion of social policy a more global perspective. It is timely because all the countries are at such a crucial phase of development, and because for some, particularly the FSU, data have only been accessible to the outside observer comparatively recently' - Journal of Area Studies

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Bob Deacon

Bob Deacon is Professor of Social Policy, Director of the International Social Policy Research Unit (ISPRU) and manages the Globalism and Social Policy Programme (GASPP) which is based both in Finland and the UK. Michelle Hulse and Paul Stubbs are both research assistants with ISPRU. More About Author

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