Capability enhancing social policy in Russia: ideas/policy beliefs and policy integration between critical areas of demography and housing: Ideas/policy beliefs and policy integration between critical areas of demography and housing

Marina Khmelnitskaya, Aleksandra Burdyak

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Recent social policy research has identified a trend toward the expansion rather than shrinkage of social welfare programmes particularly in the context of emerging economies, eg. Brazil, China, India and South Africa (Tillin and Duckett 2017). Such programmes are aimed at poverty reduction by promoting human capabilities and often involve linkages with areas of healthcare and education. For Russia not education, but the problem of population decline is the most relevant along with the problem of poverty. Since the mid-2000s Russian government has adopted a series of measures linking its housing and social assistance programmes to address demographic issues. Several measures – including federal and regional programmes of “Maternity capital” – aim to increase fertility and support families with children by helping them to improve their housing conditions. Near 9 million households received the federal Maternity Capital certificate by 2018. Our research examines such policy initiatives linking housing policy, poverty reduction and demography. The study is based on the analysis of documentary sources, existing academic research in the field and statistical data
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPaper presented at the 19th Aleksanteri Institute Conference, Helsinki, Finland, 23-25 October 2019
Number of pages16
Publication statusUnpublished - 21 Oct 2019
MoE publication typeB3 Article in conference proceedings

Fields of Science

  • 517 Political science
  • Social Policy
  • Public policy
  • Ideas
  • Experts
  • family policy
  • Housing policy

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