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Sustaining the Transition

The Social Safety Net in Postcommunist Europe

Editors: Ethan B. Kapstein, and , Christian Herter Professor, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University

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Publisher Council on Foreign Relations Press

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ISBN 0876092261


In the transition of the postcommunist countries from central planning to market economies, the role of the social safety net has become increasingly important and controversial. The dislocations caused by the transition-in particular unemployment and poverty-have increased the demand for social support. But the level of benefits set in the communist era is, in most of these countries, too high to be sustained without inflicting serious damage on their economies.

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Ethan Kapstein is Stassen professor of international peace at the Humphrey Institute and the Department of Political Science at the University of Minnesota.

Michael Mandelbaum is director of the project on East-West relations at the Council on Foreign Relations and Christian A. Herter professor of American foreign policy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

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