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“Russian Federation – a Welfare State?” Assessing the Results of 25 years of Implementation of Article 7 of the Russian Constitution

Ilyin V.A., Morev M.V.

Volume 11, Issue 6, 2018

Ilyin V.A., Morev M.V. “Russian Federation – a welfare state?”: assessing the results of 25 years of implementation of Article 7 of the Russian Constitution. Economic and Social Changes: Facts, Trends, Forecast, 2018, vol. 11, no. 6, pp. 9-25. DOI: 10.15838/esc.2018.6.60.1

DOI: 10.15838/esc.2018.6.60.1

Abstract   |   Authors   |   References
December 12, 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Constitution of the Russian Federation. The paper provides our own assessment of the implementation of one of the main provisions of the Constitution of the Russian Federation: “The Russian Federation is a social State whose policy is aimed at creating conditions for a worthy life and a free development of man” (Article 7). We define and substantiate the criteria of efficiency of implementation of this provision; we also provide the data of foreign, Russian and regional sociological studies that reflect a subjective assessment of the dynamics of living standards and quality of life by Russians. We pay special attention to public administration efficiency in overcoming social inequality and achieving social justice. Ultimately, we raise the questions whether Russia is a social state, how far it has advanced in this direction over the past 25 years, and what its prospects can be in the near future

Keywords

social justice, public opinion, public administration efficiency, Constitution of the Russian Federation, welfare state

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