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Europe enlarged

Edited by Irena Kogan, Michael Gebel and Clemens Noelke

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9781847420640
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302230 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847420640.001.0001
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The expansion of the European Union (EU) has put an end to the East-West division of Europe. At the same time it has increased the cultural heterogeneity, social disparities and economic imbalances within the EU, exemplified in the lower living standards and higher unemployment rates in some of the new member states. This book describes the education systems, labour markets and welfare production regimes in the ten new Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) countries. In three comparative chapters, discussing each of these domains in turn, the text provides a set of theory-driven, comprehensive and informative indicators that allow comparisons and rankings within the new EU member states. Ten country-specific chapters follow, each written by experts from those countries: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. These chapters provide detailed information on each country's education and training systems, labour market structure and regulations, and its provision of formal and informal welfare support. An important component of each country chapter is the explanation of the historical background and the specific national conditions for the institutional choices in the transitional years.

Keywords: European Union; East-West division; labour markets; welfare production regimes; CEE countries; Central Europe; Eastern Europe countries; education systems

Book.  408 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative and Historical Sociology

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Bulgaria in Europe enlarged

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Estonia in Europe enlarged

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