This article studies public welfare preferences in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. Generalised ordered logistic regression models and predicted probabilities are employed to analyse comparable attitudinal survey data. The results vary considerably among the countries, but age is the most important covariate of welfare preferences, followed by individuals’ socio-economic characteristics. The findings also indicate that popular perceptions of transition, notably in Ukraine and Moldova, are most strongly linked to preferences concerning the state's involvement in reducing the gap between the rich and the poor rather than to preferences regarding the main welfare state programmes such as pensions and healthcare.

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Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2015.1045451, hdl.handle.net/1765/120689
Journal Europe - Asia Studies
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Gugushvili, A. (2015). Self-interest, Perceptions of Transition and Welfare Preferences in the New Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus. Europe - Asia Studies, 67(5), 718–746. doi:10.1080/09668136.2015.1045451