By Jens Alber,Tony Fahey,Chiara Saraceno

Recent expansion to the east made the ecu Union a extra diversified social house and taken it into extra direct touch with the social and cultural aftermath of communism.

The goal of this ebook is to aid social scientists, coverage makers and different observers do something about the unfamiliarity of this new global through bringing jointly a suite of informative analyses of key domain names of social existence within the new member states and candidate international locations, seen compared either to one another and to the 'old' EU-15.

The concentration is on social stipulations, similar to social exclusion, poverty and residing stipulations, paintings and labour markets, family members and housing. But is also offers money owed of the institutional contexts in which those stipulations come up. The analyses uses a number info, including a new info resource, the European caliber of lifestyles Survey 2003.

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