Eastern Europe in the Social Policy Sciences Since the 1980s: Three International Journals Revisited

TitleEastern Europe in the Social Policy Sciences Since the 1980s: Three International Journals Revisited
Publication TypeOther Journal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsGoedemé, T.
JournalStudia Universitatis Babes-Bolyai

Since their accession to the European Union, the Eastern EU member states fully participate in the EU social protection and social inclusion process. One of the crucial factors for the success of this process consists of accurate knowledge about the evolution of the social policy situation in each of these countries. However, knowledge on the Eastern EU member countries may be biased in several ways. This article aims to provide some background information on how and to what extent social policy research on the Eastern EU member countries has been presented in international journals since the 1980s in order to assess to what degree this bias may be present. An analysis of the relevant articles published in internationally renowned journals offers answers to three questions: (1) To what extent are the Eastern EU member countries present in social policy research? Which countries receive most attention? What is the risk of a ‘country-bias’? (2) Can an evolution in topics be observed and if so, is this evolution similar to a general evolution in social policy research, or does it concern a specific trend in research on Eastern Europe? (3) What is the background of the authors? How is this related to the publication of social policy research on Eastern Europe? In this article the results are presented for three journals: the International Social Security Review, the Review of Income and Wealth, and East European Politics and Societies. The first two journals are considered to be social policy scientists’ general resource of state-of-the-art research in social security, income (inequality) and social policy. The third is focused on the analysis of Eastern Europe and – as far as social policy issues are concerned – is written primarily from a political science perspective.

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