Social Justice and the Welfare State in Central and Eastern Europe: The Impact of Privatization

Social Justice and the Welfare State in Central and Eastern Europe: The Impact of Privatization

Social Justice and the Welfare State in Central and Eastern Europe: The Impact of Privatization

Social Justice and the Welfare State in Central and Eastern Europe: The Impact of Privatization

Synopsis

With the collapse of the Eastern Bloc, Central and Eastern European states have had to confront fundamental changes in economic, social, and governmental structures. Essays address significant issues dealing with the frameworks of social justice, social justice and equality, policies for families and women, implications for the welfare state, and the impact on health care.

Excerpt

The contributions to this book are revised versions of papers presented at three international conferences on privatization in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries, organized by the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work Privatization Project, headed by Professor Demetrius Iatridis. the project focuses on the potential of privatization to produce crucial and just social changes. Privatization, as conceived by the project, consists of integrated processes of societal restructuring that can affect sociopolitical, economic, and ideological constructs, as well as human and physical capital development, transformation of family structures, stabilization of the market, organization of social care, and more. It includes managerial and technological innovations in the workplace; international cooperation and competition; and patterns of financing, producing, and distributing goods and services.

The international conferences are designed to give the participants and others who are interested in the privatization process, such as business professionals, academicians, and governmental officials, the opportunity to meet in a collaborative environment that provides a forum for the exchange of ideas and research findings. So far, the conferences have proved to be an effective source of primary information and informal interaction for businesspersons who are making investment decisions and researchers who are studying privatization in the cee countries. Their programs have included invited and contributed papers and workshop presentations that explore the economic and social implications of privatization.

The international conferences began in 1991. They have included "The Welfare State: Transition from Central Planning to Market Approaches," held in Budapest, Hungary, in 1991, in cooperation with Eovtos Lorand University, Institute of Sociology and Social Policy; "Privatization and Socioeconomic Pol-

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