Welfare in East and West

Welfare in East and West
Béla Tomka, Welfare in East and West. Hungarian Social Security in an International Comparison 1918-1990; Jahrbuch für Wirtschaftsgeschichte, Beiheft 5;
Berlin, Akademie Verlag, 2004; ISBN 3-05-003871-3, 188 pp.

The objective of this study is to describe Hungarian welfare development in the 20th century in a European context with a main focus on analysing the convergent and divergent features.
The book primarily seeks to explore the relationship between Hungarian and Western European welfare state development by answering the following questions: Have the 20th century Hungarian welfare state trajectories converged to or diverged from Western European trends? In which periods and in which areas of welfare development can convergence and divergence be observed?