This title was first published in 2000. The UNDP announced on 29th July 1999 that 'A human crisis of monumental proportions is emerging in the former Soviet Union.' This book reports on the crisis through original and detailed data made possible by the changes that have taken place in Russia in the 1990s. Based on an EU and ODA funded project, it examines in depth the patterns of contemporary unemployment and poverty, the origins of Russian social policies and their aims, implementation and effects up to 2000. The conclusion situates the findings within a discussion of the future of the Russian welfare state and the policy choices, alternatives and consequences emerging in the context of current social conflicts.
’…chock-a-block with interesting statistics and high on interpretation…an excellent job…readable as well as authentic in flavour.’ Benefits and Compensation International ’…a unique account of the transformation of social policy and welfare state practices in Russia, and the book is essential for everybody who wants to understand the recent developments in social policy in the countries of the former Soviet Union. The book is also a valuable contribution to the discussion of social policy reform in Russia.’ Slavic Review '…the contribution of this book is important. First, it offers the most timely, detailed and in-depth study of social life, reactions and attitudes to the social policy in Russia during the reform era…It also offers a thoughtful discussion on the transformation of post-Soviet Russia and the development of socio-political policy in this post-communist nation…It is an important archive for historians, sociologists, economists and politicians to draw experience from…highly recommednded as a reference for undergraduates and graduate students in the field of social science.' International Social Work
Contents: Background and Project Design: Russia in trouble; Soviet social policy; Russian social policy; Project methodology; Moscow, St. Petersburg and Voronezh. Social Policy: Actors and Debates: Social policy actors; Russian debates on social and employment policy. Surviving Poverty and Unemployment: Welfare, resources and household survival; Unemployment and employment strategies. The State of Russian Welfare: Social policy and social order; Bibliography.
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