From De-Stalinization to New Authoritarianism: Welfare Development in Russia. A Literature Review

  • Martin Brand
Keywords: social policy, welfare state, welfare development, Soviet Union, Russia


The massive increase in individual and collective welfare since the second half of the 20th century is one of the central achievements of modern societies. On the welfare-state development of the democratic, capitalist countries of the West, there is correspondingly extensive research. The welfare development in Eastern Europe however has received thus far relatively little attention from the Western social sciences. Now three books have been published which address this lack and provide together an historical, longitudinal cross-section of the sociopolitical development in Russia, respectively in the USSR, since Stalin’s death.