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Social Rights in Russia

From Imperfect Past to Uncertain Future, 1st Edition

By Eleanor Bindman


168 pages

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Russia's human rights record, especially violations of the right to life, liberty and freedom of expression, has been the subject of much international concern. Social, or welfare, rights, on the other hand, including the right to housing, health and access to social security, have received much less attention. This book explores the changing position in Russia towards such social rights. It explores how social rights are defined in Russia and why they are contested, and discusses how increasing liberalisation and privatisation have radically changed the very extensive former communist welfare system. It considers recent initiatives by both Putin and Medvedev to re-emphasise the role of the state in providing social services, and shows how activism to secure social benefits, especially at the local level, is relatively strong. The book concludes by assessing how social rights and welfare are likely to develop in Russia in a world increasingly concerned with austerity and the transformation of citizens into 'market citizens', where attitudes towards social rights remain less than favourable.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. A brief history of social rights

3. Social rights, neoliberalism and austerity

4. The development of social rights in Russia

5. Defending social rights? The human rights ombudsmen and NGOs

6. Civil society, socially-oriented NGOs and the utility of a rights-based approach to advocacy

7. Socially-oriented’ NGOs and the new social policy

8. Conclusions

About the Author

Eleanor Bindman is a Lecturer in Politics at Liverpool University, UK.

About the Series

BASEES/Routledge Series on Russian and East European Studies

This series is published on behalf of BASEES (the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies). The series comprises original, high-quality, research-level work by both new and established scholars on all aspects of Russian, Soviet, post-Soviet and East European Studies in humanities and social science subjects.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Civil Rights
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Social Policy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Human Rights
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies