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Divergent Paths of Inequality in Poland and the Czech Republic

Ekrem Karakoç

in Inequality After the Transition

Published in print September 2018 | ISBN: 9780198826927
Published online October 2018 | e-ISBN: 9780191865831 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198826927.003.0004

Series: Comparative Politics

Divergent Paths of Inequality in Poland and the Czech Republic

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Employing most similar design and process-tracing methodology, this chapter focuses on Poland and the Czech Republic in the postcommunist region. It discusses the divergent paths these two countries have taken since their transitions. After discussing the similarities and dissimilarities of these two cases, it turns to the welfare policies shared by both countries with some differences under their former communist rule. It also traces voter turnout and linkage between political party and citizens, and explores how these two factors have affected social policies in each country. The last section offers a comparison of Polish and Czech social policies regarding the level and nature of their targeted spending and its effect on income inequality.

Keywords: inequality; social policy; parties; party systems; postcommunism; Poland; the Czech Republic; most similar design; process-tracing

Chapter.  38790 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Comparative Politics ; European Union

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