EU Integration and the Transformation of Post-communist Welfare: Traversing a 'Quantum Leap'?

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Abstract

While many academic accounts treat post-communist Europe as just another site of Europeanization with an emphasis on ‘adaptation’ and ‘learning’, this article argues that EU integration and the transformation of post-communist Europe is a much more complex, volatile and uncertain process; not so much one of adaptation but more a ‘quantum leap’, apparently bypassing the stage
of a Keynesian regime. Post-communist Europe is asked to join an EU agenda that has many features of what Jessop calls the ‘Schumpeterian Workfare Postnational Regime’ (SWPR). In that sense, EU integration of post-communist welfare is not simply a ‘catch-up’, it is a complex transformation process whereby, rather than EU Enlargement and Eastern Europe being seen as
a threat to ‘Social Europe’, the EU imposes its own ‘social deficit’ and economic hegemony onto Eastern Europe.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)504-523
Number of pages20
JournalSocial policy and administration
Volume42
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

Keywords

  • Enlargement, Transformation, post-communist social policy, Europeanisation

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