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Beyond neoliberalism? Revisiting the welfare state in the Baltic

Avlijaš, Sonja (2018) Beyond neoliberalism? Revisiting the welfare state in the Baltic. Europe-Asia Studies. ISSN 1465-3427 (In Press)

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Political economy scholars have criticised the Baltic countries’ transition to capitalism as socially ‘disembedded’ and exposed to a zealous form of neoliberalism. Relying on the traditional definition of the welfare state, i.e. solely focusing on cash compensation of the losers of transition, these accounts have failed to recognise the Baltic countries’ re-orientation towards social investment. This article argues that the Baltic welfare states have experienced a more complex post-socialist transformation than suggested by the neoliberal retrenchment narrative. To that end, it uncovers high investment in education, comparatively generous labour market policies and an expansion of public sector employment.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2018 Informa UK Limited
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DR Balkan Peninsula
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2018 16:09
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 23:02
Funders: French National Research Agency

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