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Neoliberalism in the North: the transformation of social policy in Russia's northern periphery

Rasell, Michael (2009) Neoliberalism in the North: the transformation of social policy in Russia's northern periphery. Polar Geography, 32 (3&4). pp. 91-109. ISSN 1088-937X

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Abstract

Social policy is a vital dimension of well-being in the harsh conditions of the Russian Far North. This article examines how longstanding welfare provision in the region has been restructured within the context of nationwide social reforms under Vladimir Putin. It starts with an analysis of Soviet-era policies for northern inhabitants and their evolution during the socio-economic crisis of the 1990s. I then look at how recent changes to budgetary and federal relations in the country have affected the delivery of social assistance in the North. Ultimately, the neoliberal undertones exhibited in federal social policy may be inappropriate in the region, where markets and individuals cannot be expected to sustain well-being.

Additional Information:Social policy is a vital dimension of well-being in the harsh conditions of the Russian Far North. This article examines how longstanding welfare provision in the region has been restructured within the context of nationwide social reforms under Vladimir Putin. It starts with an analysis of Soviet-era policies for northern inhabitants and their evolution during the socio-economic crisis of the 1990s. I then look at how recent changes to budgetary and federal relations in the country have affected the delivery of social assistance in the North. Ultimately, the neoliberal undertones exhibited in federal social policy may be inappropriate in the region, where markets and individuals cannot be expected to sustain well-being.
Keywords:Russia, social policy, North, federalism
Subjects:L Social studies > L716 Human and Social Geography of Arctic/Antarctic
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:3643
Deposited On:12 Nov 2010 11:31

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