Post-Communist Welfare States in European Context
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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.
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Chapter 6: Conclusion – from makeshift social security to sustainable welfare policies?

Kati Kuitto


This chapter sums up the main findings of the book and its contribution to our understanding of contemporary welfare states in Europe. It also discusses the potential challenges the CEE welfare states are facing today because of their hybrid institutional and programmatic set-up. The CEE welfare states are no ‘cheapjack versions’ of welfare states in the European context, but new social risks, dualization of the labour market and financing the social insurance systems challenge welfare policies increasingly.

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