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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Central and Eastern Europe

The Rise of Autocracy and Democratic Resilience

Petra Guasti

transparency and perform oversight. Active civil society can mobilize to hold governments accountable. With this backdrop, this article looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic is fostering the rise of authoritarianism in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Four

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Heide Castañeda

This article examines the unintended effects of policy on the cross-border health care experiences of persons from the new Central and Eastern European (CEE) states of the European Union (EU) during a time of major transition. While permitted to travel freely, most individuals from the new member states are not yet authorised to work in Germany. As a result, they face many everyday forms of exclusion, including lack of access to medical services. Drawing upon ethnographic fieldwork, this article examines experiences of patients from newly acceded CEE countries. Cross-border health care highlights instrumentality because implementation has consisted only of patchwork policies and is characterised by insufficient attention to marginalised populations, such as those who are driven to seek work abroad due to economic asymmetries across borders. In the current transitional period, evidence suggests a disconnect as social rights struggle to catch up to economic ones.

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Editorial

A Thematic Issue about Central and Eastern European Societies

Zuzana Reptova Novakova and Laurent van der Maesen

division over central values in mind, this special issue steps toward an exploration of the contested region that is Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), shedding light on some of the ongoing complex societal developments that make it noteworthy. The

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Social Quality in Hungary

In the Framework of ENIQ

Szilvia Altorjai and Erzsébet Bukodi

In Hungary, the social and economic conditions have dramatically changed after the political and economical transition. The collapse of communism in 1989–90 forced Hungary, as well as other CEE countries, to reconstruct their political, economic and cultural identity. This process has become known as the ‘transition’ and Europeanisation or globalisation (Manning 2004). Within this transition the ability of adjustment to new conditions has become one of the most important factors – if not the most – in the process of diminishing risks and enhancing life chances. The theoretical and methodological elements of the social quality approach were established in the last two to three years. In this article we aim to outline the most important elements of social quality in the conditional factors socio-economic security, social inclusion, social cohesion as well as social empowerment in Hungary. Here, besides a short description of the national context we will emphasise only the key findings according to the four conditional factors. In the third part of the article we outline some aspects of the Hungarian employment policy.

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Concluding Remarks

A “Social Quality Observatory” for Central and Eastern European Countries?

Laurent J. G. van der Maesen

apply to Central and Eastern European countries. With this in mind, how can we interpret this declaration of more than twenty years ago? The Intensions of the Concluding Remarks of the Thematic Issue on the CEE Countries This thematic issue

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Theory from the Peripheries

What Can the Anthropology of Postsocialism Offer to European Anthropology?

Ognjen Kojanić

in intellectual discussions or various (self-)marginalising discourses; indeed, such processes and discourses are often linked. I draw from studies of the discursive and material peripheralisation of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) to highlight the

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A Mistrustful Society?

The Lack of Trust in Government Institutions in the Czech Republic

Nicole Horáková

CEE Countries: A Brief Overview Since the fall of the Iron Curtain more than thirty years ago and the accession of the first postsocialist countries to the European Union in 2004, the transformation processes have progressed inexorably but are far

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Valeriy Heyets

ago in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), and eventually involved the present post-Soviet space, not only had a decisive influence on approaches and dynamics of the region's countries. It also aggravated the need for social quality or such societal

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Christian Schweiger

-Eastern European ( cee ) periphery of the eu , which had traditionally kept close economic and relations with Germany, was in a stronger position. Poland had managed to steer clear of recession during the financial crisis. 21 This was the most prominent example

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Gracjan Cimek

the situation of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). 1 After the end of the Yalta-Potsdam order in 1989, the hitherto notion of Eastern Europe was replaced with the categories of Central Europe and Central-Eastern Europe, although the specificity 2 of