Seminar “Welfare Reforms in Post-Soviet States: A Comparison of Social Benefits Reform in Russia and Kazakhstan»
When and where:
Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 4.15 pm – 5.45 pm
Nazarbayev University, Block 7, Room 7105
Dr. Elena Maltseva, Assistant Professor of Political Science, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Nazarbayev University
Language: English. If there is a need, we will provide translation to Russian.
This paper seeks to answer the question of why some soft authoritarian governments succeed in implementing welfare reforms while others fail. Using the example of the Russian and Kazakhstani social benefits reform, it illustrates that the future of a particular policy initiative depends not only on the configuration of institutional and political factors, but also on the ability of policy actors to recognize both pre-existing sociocultural frames and institutional challenges, to build on them and to frame the issue in ways that resonate with the public and generate widespread support for reform, a process Robert Henry Cox defined as the “social construction of the need to reform” (2001). The paper also demonstrates that policy-making in soft authoritarian contexts is more than simply a top-down process, as it is the case in more hard-core authoritarian regimes. Instead, it is loaded with important ideational and political consequences related to such issues as regime legitimacy and social stability.
This event is open to the NU community and general public. Attendees who do not hold Nazarbayev University ID cards should come with official ID and be prepared to register on entry to the university.