Comparative Social Policy: Focus on the Post-Soviet Area
- What does contemporary social policy mean? Who and how formulates it? Which social groups deserve and not deserve the support from the state and the society, and why? Does the soviet legacy exist in social policy in the post-soviet countries? All these questions firm the basis of the class on comparative social policy which can be interesting for those who would like to understand the particularities of social protection and social support in the modern world, and want to expand their knowledge on public policy in the countries — former republics of the Soviet Union.
- determine the basic terms: welfare, social policy, welfare regimes, and characterise discussions around them
- reveals the main trends and features of the model of social policy (welfare regime) in the individual countries of the post-Soviet space
- names the main political problems of the formation and implementation of social policy and illustrates them with examples of post-Soviet countries
- explains the influence of the Soviet legacy on the development of social policy in the countries of the post-Soviet space
- What does social policy mean?
- Welfare states and welfare regimes
- Politics of social policy
- Social policy in the USSR
- Inequality in the post-Soviet countres
- Pension systems in the post-Soviet countries
- Health care in the post-Soviet countries
- Deinstitutinalisation of care
- Homelessness and unemployment
- Education in the post-Soviet countries
- PresentationA student prepares a policy paper in the format of presentation. The policy paper should be devoted to one social policy area in one or several post-Soviet countries. By conducting case study or comparative research, the student may explain 1) what political and other factors determine the design of the selected social policy area or 2) what political and other circumstances this policy area produces. The presentation should contain 10 - 15 slides. The recommended structure of the presentation is the following: 1) the main question of the paper; 2) methodological frameworks (how you answered the question empirically); 3) the list of sources and references; 4) main findings and arguments.
- EssayThe exam is conducted in the format of open book essay which should be written in the class. A student chooses one of three topics formulated by the instructor. A student will have 80 minutes to write and submit the essay.
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