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Europe Enlarged

A handbook of education, labour and welfare regimes in Central and Eastern Europe

Europe Enlarged

Edited by: Irena Kogan, Michael Gebel and Clemens Noelke
Details: 384 tbc pages HB 240 x 172; Policy Press; 2008; Hardback ISBN 9781847420640

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 important new reference work describes the education systems, labour markets and welfare production regimes in the 10 new Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) countries. In three comparative chapters, discussing each of these domains in turn, the editors provide 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.

The editors:

Irena Kogan is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bamberg. Her main research interests include social stratification, immigration and inequality in comparative perspective.

Michael Gebel is a researcher at the Mannheim Centre for European Social Research (MZES). His main research interests include labour market sociology, especially the school-to-work transition and the role of atypical employment.

Clemens Noelke is a researcher at the MZES. His scientific interests include comparative labour market research, specifically labour market entry dynamics and the labour market consequences of structural change.


  1. Introduction - Walter Müller
  2. Educational systems of Central and Eastern European countries - Irena Kogan
  3. Labour markets of Central and Eastern European countries - Michael Gebel
  4. Welfare production regimes in Central and Eastern European countries - Clemens Noelke
  5. Bulgaria - Dobrinka Kostova
  6. Czech Republic - Jana Straková
  7. Estonia - Ellu Saar and Kristina Lindemann
  8. Hungary - Péter Róbert and Erzsébt Bukodi
  9. Latvia - Ilze Trapenciere
  10. Lithuania - Meilute Taljunaite
  11. Poland - Anna Baranowska and Bogdan Mach
  12. Romania - Cristina Mocanu
  13. Slovak republic - Ján Košta and Rastislav Bednárik
  14. Slovenia - Angela Ivančič

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