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Inventing the Needy: Gender and the Politics of Welfare in Hungary

Lynne Haney


This book offers a powerful, innovative analysis of welfare policies and practices in Hungary from 1948 to the last decade of the twentieth century. Using a compelling mix of archival, interview, and ethnographic data, the book shows that three distinct welfare regimes succeeded one another during that period and that they were based on divergent conceptions of need. The welfare society of 1948–1968 targeted social institutions, the maternalist welfare state of 1968–1985 targeted social groups, and the liberal welfare state of 1985–1996 targeted impoverished individuals. Because they reflected ... More

Keywords: welfare policies, welfare practice, Hungary, welfare society, gender, state-recognized identities, welfare state theory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520225718
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520225718.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lynne Haney, author