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Journal article

Social security in a rapidly changing environment: the case of the post-communist transformation

Author:
FAJTH Gaspar
Journal article citation:
Social Policy and Administration, 33(4), December 1999, pp.416-436.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell

Overcoming the economic crisis and implementing institutional change in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union has been greatly facilitated by a pre-existing social security network - although adaptations to the new circumstances have been employed for mitigating losses in income and in social cohesion with the market form. Shows how countries first expanded, then curtailed their social programmes, and have started moving away from collective to individualised solutions, not only in the economic but also in the social field. Concludes that these experiences from the region offer valuable lessons for social programmes assisted by international exchanges that aim to counter the negative impacts of rapid economic and institutional change increasingly a worldwide phenomenon.

Journal article

Community development: emerging lessons from Eastern Europe

Authors:
McCABE Angus, HARRIS Val
Journal article citation:
Talking Point, 202, August 2002, pp.1-4.
Publisher:
Association of Community Workers

This article draws on the work undertaken by members of the Federation of Community Work Training Groups, the University of Birmingham and other colleagues in Eastern Europe since 1999. The report explores the extent the extent to which within the UK context, approaches to regeneration have been imported from the USA, but argues that valuable lessons from emerging patterns of community development in Eastern Europe have been largely ignored.

Book

Ageing, social security and affordability

Editors:
MARMOR Theodore R., DE JONG Philip R.
Publisher:
Ashgate
Publication year:
1998
Pagination:
365p.,tables,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
Aldershot

Collection of papers looking at spending on pensions and medical care for older people and their place in the debate about the desirability and affordability of modern social programmes. Includes chapters on: social assistance in the member states of the European Union; the relationship between social and occupational security; an international comparison of legal indexation of social security benefits; the hidden liabilities of public pension plans in twelve EU countries; pensions in transition in the United States and Japan; transitional effects of a change in the Spanish pension system; financing old age in Singapore; pay as you go versus funded system of financing pensions in Central and Eastern Europe; pension system reform in Latin America; equity, cost containment and efficiency in health care; health care reform; the social and economic consequences of delaying a political decision concerning reform of health care in Poland; the role of government in the provision and financing of long term care for older people; the impact of the evolution of health expectancy in future public health care expenditure; and forecasts of future disabled and institutionalised US populations 195 to 2040.

Book

The interface between social work and social policy

Editor:
RAMON Shulamit
Publisher:
Venture Press
Publication year:
1998
Pagination:
233p.,bibliogs.
Place of publication:
Birmingham

Focuses on the inter relationship between social work and social policy. Includes papers on: placing social work within social theory and political practice; community as a basis for social policy and social action; the role of the supra state in organisation shaping - the case of the European Union; social stratification and differentiation of incomes in Russia; redistributing wealth and power between the state and individual entrepreneurs in Armenia; introducing new professions - social work in Russia; the emergence and development of the non profit sector in Hungary; advocacy as a policy and practice issue; changing cultures of care in the two Germanies; approaches to deinstitutionalisation in Western and Eastern Europe; the rediscovery of child neglect and abuse; comprehending and responding to elder abuse; and social integration of children with disabilities in India.

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