English title: Social policy and health: transition countries in a comparative perspective

Author(s): Ola Sjöberg - Tommy Ferrarini -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2010

Abstract

This article analyses the development and design of unemployment insurance and family policy benefits and their links to health outcomes in Estonia, Poland, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Hungary from the mid-1990s. Comparing these six transition countries with long-standing welfare democracies reveals important similarities and differences in policy and health. Unemployment benefit schemes resemble corporatist schemes in important respects, however, with lower coverage and average benefits. Subjective wellbeing is also comparatively low among both employed and unemployed in the transition countries. Several transition countries have mixed family policy strategies that simultaneously support dual-earner families and traditional gender roles. One clear exception is Slovenia, which has a highly developed dual-earner support. Family policy generosity is related to lower rates of poverty, infant mortality and child injuries. The article demonstrates the fruitfulness of institutional analyses of the link between social policy and population health in a broader welfare state context.

Volume: 19

Issue: 1

From page no: 60

To page no: 88

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1111/J.1468-2397.2010.00729.X

Journal: International Journal of Social Welfare