Post-Communist Welfare States in European Context

Post-Communist Welfare States in European Context

Patterns of Welfare Policies in Central and Eastern Europe

Kati Kuitto

This is the first book providing a comprehensive and systematic empirical assessment of the post-communist welfare states in Central and Eastern Europe in the context of their Western European counterparts. Based on the classical typologies of welfare regimes, the study systematically compares 26 European welfare states across three empirical dimensions. This way, the book sheds light on the hybrid patterns of welfare policies in post-communist countries, as they have emerged after the period of transformation, and discusses their future challenges.

Introduction

Kati Kuitto

Subjects: politics and public policy, european politics and policy, social policy and sociology, comparative social policy, welfare states

Abstract

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.