2. Welfare state in Central and Eastern Europe in the post-crisis period

Jolanta Aidukaite, Lithuanian Social Research Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

The stream is aimed at discussing consequences of the global financial crisis of 2008-2009 for social policy in Central and Eastern Europe. How has social policy changed after the crisis in Central and Eastern Europe? Have welfare provisions been cut, retrenched or expanded? How has the financial crisis affected solidarity between generations and social classes and the social contract between the state and its people?

The stream focuses not only on changes in social policy design, but also on the consequences of the crisis on citizens’ well-being in Central and Eastern Europe, including ethnic minorities, people with special needs, elderly people and the homeless.

The papers are invited to discuss all social policy areas: social security, education, housing policy and health care. Comparative and single case study papers are welcomed. The geographical area of the stream includes the new EU member states, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other CIS countries.

The abstract will be judged according to its analytical strength, new theoretical and empirical generalizations and innovative solutions to social problems.

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