Patterns of Welfare Policies in Central and Eastern Europe
This introductory chapter lays out the need for an empirical assessment of the welfare states that have been emerging after the collapse of the state socialist system in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Previous studies on post-communist welfare states deliver valuable in-depth evaluation of the policy developments in single countries, but a comparative empirical assessment of the overall patterns of welfare policies is still lacking. The introduction outlines how such an assessment not only further contributes to the welfare typology literature, but also offers a valuable starting point for analyses on the causes and impacts of welfare policy developments in the CEE. Furthermore, the theoretical framework and the methodological basis of the study are introduced in brief.