Comparative Analysis of Societal Developments in Post-Socialist Countries
More exactly, analyzing the well-known data set of the European Social Survey 2006/2007 we show that there is a far stronger degree of matching between individual occupation, education and income in better developed European countries than is observed among the post-socialist states. To emphasize this finding we also look at the differences in patterns of intergenerational mobility, according to which the post-socialist societies are far less mobile and ‘meritocratic’ than their Western counterparts. The main theoretical argument behind this, we suggest, is the incompatibility of modern ‘capitalistic’ institutions, such as private property and market, with historical and cultural contexts of development in post-socialist countries. To test this argument we develop the corresponding scale and superpose it with my empirical findings. From this point of view Russia is regarded as one of the least successful cases of transformation, since the initial conditions of its social change were less consistent with the logic of Western modernization, which stood behind the radical reforms of the 1990s, than in any other post-socialist European country.
An Analysis of the Factors behind the Development and Decline of Stateness in Socialist and Post-Socialist Countries of Europe and Asia from the Second Half of the 20th Century to the beginning of the 21st Century, through the Use of QCA (Qualitative Comparative Analysis)
Analysis of the demographic and socio-economic behavior of households at different stages of the life cycle and assessment of social and tax policies impact on the dynamics of the standard of living and its differentiation