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.

Chapter 4: Research design

Kati Kuitto

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

Abstract

This chapter outlines how the post-communist welfare states can be compared in the European context applying a three-dimensional theoretical framework. Empirically measurable indicators of organizational principles of welfare provision, welfare policy emphasis and decommodifying potential, as well as the data used in the analysis are presented. The chapter also discusses the rationale and functioning of the method of cluster analysis in typologizing the CEE countries within the context of European welfare states.

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