This book attempts to explain why, and to evaluate what the return of the left has meant for the social policy of the states they have helped govern. It focuses on the East-Central European countries of Poland, Hungary, and the Czech Republic, significantly Russia.
1. Left Parties and Policies in Eastern Europe after Communism: An Introduction 2. Social Policy in Postcommunist Europe: Legacies and Transition 3. The Return of the Left and Its Impact on the Welfare State in Russia, Poland, and Hungary 4. The Return of Left-Oriented Parties in Eastern Germany and the Czech Republic and their Social Policies 5. Transitional Politics or Public Choice? Evaluating Stalled Pension Reforms in Poland 6. The Role of the Hungarian Nonprofit Sector in Postcommunist Social Policy 7. The Political Economy of Social Policy Reform in Russia: Ideas, Institutions, and Interests 8. Conclusions