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Changes in East-Central Europe have been happening so rapidly that it is difficult for academic publishing to keep abreast of them. This volume brings together some of the most recent research in progress about the impact of transition and social policy responses to it. It represents the best papers selected from a workshop series which takes place in Prague and is designed to bring together researchers undertaking empirical work to discuss their findings. The various authors tackle some of the most pressing problems of the region; unemployment, health care, child care policy, labour migration, the role of the informal economy and directions in social policy generally. Here are up-to-date findings which can tell us about these issues. The volume is organized into three sections: the nature of restructuring and its effects; the restructuring of social institutions and the impact of restructuring. Together these papers make an important contribution to our understanding of East-Central Europe today.