Welfare States in Transition

East and West

  • Irwin Collier
  • Herwig Roggemann
  • Oliver Scholz
  • Horst Tomann

Part of the Studies in Economic Transition book series (SET)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Conceptual Issues of the Market Society

  3. Social Policy in Transition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. Emil J. Kirchner
      Pages 112-113
    3. Kai A. Konrad
      Pages 137-139
    4. Cathryn Ross
      Pages 158-163
  4. Dynamics of Income Inequality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Jens Hölscher
      Pages 167-173
    3. Hans Weisfeld
      Pages 185-188
    4. Miriam Beblo
      Pages 202-204
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 205-206

About this book


Social policy in East and West finds itself today in the middle of a fundamental transition. The former communist countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the successor states to the former Soviet Union are attempting to create the institutions needed for a modern market economy and a modern democratic welfare state. At the same time, the mature welfare states of Europe are struggling to solve the contemporary financial crisis of their systems of social entitlements. Because of fundamental economic and demographic trends, these systems will become increasingly difficult to sustain over the coming decades. The contributors overwhelmingly agree that it would be mistaken policy to simply copy the institutions of Western welfare states to the Eastern economies in transition. Instead one can learn much from the experience gathered over the past half century in Western welfare states.


Eastern Europe European Union (EU) income distribution social policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Irwin Collier
    • 1
  • Herwig Roggemann
    • 1
  • Oliver Scholz
    • 1
  • Horst Tomann
    • 1
  1. 1.Free University BerlinGermany

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