The monetisation of L’goty: changing patterns of welfare politics and provision in Russia

Wengle, Susanne and Rasell, Michael (2008) The monetisation of L’goty: changing patterns of welfare politics and provision in Russia. Europe-Asia Studies, 60 (5). pp. 739-756. ISSN 0966-8136

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This article explores the contentious 'monetisation' of in-kind benefits (l'goty) that converted them into cash allowances and redistributed responsibility for welfare provision between federal and local governments. We provide an empirical account of these reforms and discuss their implications for the conceptualisation, financing and regional dimensions of welfare provision in Russia. We find that budgetary pressures were not the primary motivation for the recent changes, nor were old forms of social provision fully abolished. Monetisation launched a process that shifts responsibility for well-being onto individuals and institutionalises the spatial differentiation of welfare provision.

Additional Information:This article explores the contentious 'monetisation' of in-kind benefits (l'goty) that converted them into cash allowances and redistributed responsibility for welfare provision between federal and local governments. We provide an empirical account of these reforms and discuss their implications for the conceptualisation, financing and regional dimensions of welfare provision in Russia. We find that budgetary pressures were not the primary motivation for the recent changes, nor were old forms of social provision fully abolished. Monetisation launched a process that shifts responsibility for well-being onto individuals and institutionalises the spatial differentiation of welfare provision.
Keywords:welfare reform, Russia
Subjects:L Social studies > L400 Social Policy
R European Languages, Literature and related subjects > R700 Russian and East European studies
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
ID Code:3635
Deposited On:12 Nov 2010 11:17

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