The cost of becoming a neo-liberal welfare state: a cautionary case of Lithuania

Atas, Natalija (2017) The cost of becoming a neo-liberal welfare state: a cautionary case of Lithuania. Critical Social Policy. ISSN 0261-0183 (Accepted for Publication)

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Abstract

This article reveals the extent to which western driven neo-liberal policies have influenced and shaped the current state of the national welfare policies, and consequent socio-economic conditions, in Lithuania. It looks at different stages of welfare state development following the independence of Lithuania before providing an overview of the current national institutional settings and policies. First, it discusses policy reforms that occurred during the transformation from planned to market economy. This part deliberates ideological changes characteristic to that period along with socio-economic impacts of the transformation. Then, it evaluates the more recent welfare state developments that began after Lithuania’s accession to the European Union (EU). The article concludes with an assessment of the key features of contemporary welfare policies and their wider socio-economic outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the author's post peer review version of an article, the final version will appear in the Sage Publications journal Critical Social Policy.
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Arts & Humanities > Social Work, Care and Justice (up to 31st December 2017)
Depositing User: Natalija Atas
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2018 11:37
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2018 11:37
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2330

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