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From welfare to workfare: the great transformation

This chapter is about the significant changes in modern welfare and transition states. Those changes reflect the transformation from welfare to workfare or from Soviet bloc state to independent state. Privatization, the strengthening of civil society and localization are the three most important strategies. We shall deal with them extensively, looking at the main features and discussing their impact on national social policy and social work. Another change to take into consideration is the drastically increasing mobility and its impact on the composition of populations. Reflecting on the transformation process we can interpret it as a shift from mainly macro-economic social strategies to more socio-cultural strategies.1