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Poverty after the Fall of State Socialism
Poverty after the Fall of State Socialism

Author(s): Iván Szelényi, János Ladányi
Subject(s): Economy
Published by: Globális Tudás Alapítvány

Summary/Abstract: In 2000 the authors of this analysis carried out a survey on poverty in six formerly socialist countries. In Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia they randomly sampled 1,000 respondents in each country, while in Russia they interviewed 2,500 people. The result of the survey tells us that 'new poverty' implies not only a growth in the volume of poverty, but also a new quality of poverty. The nature of poverty may have changed for good - the importance of demographic factors might have declined and been replaced by structural forces, such as unemployment, gender or race. The number of children or a rural place of residence are often not significant determinants of poverty. Poverty is feminized and racialized under post-communism.

  • Issue Year: 2005
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 125-140
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English