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Past Aleksanteri Conferences

Professor Göran Therborn, Cambridge University (UK)

Life, Death and Welfare. Russia in Context.

Inequality is the denial to some human beings, usually the large majority,of the possibility to fully develop their capability. It has three basic dimensions, vital - life and health -, existential – rexcognition, respect -, and reasources, most frequently measured by income . Welfare states have evolved as important institutions for mitigating, but not abolishing, the inequalities produced by prevailing economic-political systems. My paper will highlight some global aspects of welfare state development. It will also look at how Russia has featured in comparative contexts of inequality and welfare, from about 1900 until today.