Social Quality in a Transitive Society

The Role of the State

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  • 1 Institute of the Economy and Forecasting, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine heyets@nas.gov.ua
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Abstract

Nearly 30 years of transformation of the sociopolitical and legal, socioeconomical and financial, sociocultural and welfare, and socioenvironmental dimensions in both Central and Eastern Europe, including Ukraine, has led to a change of the social quality of daily circumstances. On the one hand, the interconnection and reciprocity of these four relevant dimensions of societal life is the underlying cause of such changes, and on the other, the state as main actor of the sociopolitical and legal dimension is the initiator of those changes. Applying the social quality approach, I will reflect in this article on the consequences of these changes, especially in Ukraine. In comparison, the dominant Western interpretation of the “welfare state” will also be discussed.

Contributor Notes

Valeriy Heyets is director of the Institute of the Economy and Forecasting of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. From 1998 until 2009 he also served as academician-secretary of the NAS of Ukraine. His scientific works are often related to macroeconomic analysis and forecasting, problems of distribution of national income, formation of consumption resources and expansion of reproduction. Email: heyets@nas.gov.ua

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