Abstract

Democracy is one of several factors that have determined welfare state spending in the postcommunist countries since the transition, together with geography, history, economic conditions, and international influences. While the more developed, democratic, and Western countries of Central and Eastern Europe have maintained a high level of social protection comparable to the rest of the European Union, the states of the former Soviet Union and Southeastern Europe have experienced a partial disintegration of their social safety nets. Still, most postcommunist states spend a higher proportion of their national product on their welfare states than other developing countries.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1086-3214
Print ISSN
1045-5736
Pages
pp. 80-94
Launched on MUSE
2008-10-18
Open Access
No
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