Article: Introduction – social protection in the Western Balkans: In-work poverty in Montenegro

This article starts with the identification of factors that affect IWP and differences in IWP of specific population groups between Montenegro and selected ex-Yugoslav countries (Slovenia and Serbia).

by Golubovic et al.

Montenegro has the highest in-work poverty (IWP) rates among all ex-Yugoslav countries. This article starts with the identification of factors that affect IWP and differences in IWP of specific population groups between Montenegro and selected ex-Yugoslav countries (Slovenia and Serbia). Read more

Article: Introduction – social protection in the Western Balkans: Challenges to the Europeanisation of work-care policies in the Western Balkans

This article explores work-care policy development in Western Balkans.

by Dobrotić

This article explores work-care policy development in Western Balkans, focusing on a critical assessment of the potential of the European Union’s policy framework to (re)shape the policies adopted in Western Balkans and boost gender equality in employment and care. Read more

Article: Introduction – social protection in the Western Balkans: Pension systems in south-eastern Europe: what worked and what did not

Many south-east European states made the transition from socialist to market economies. The experiences of 10 countries are reviewed – seven of which were once part of Yugoslavia.

by Casey

Many south-east European states made the transition from socialist to market economies. All described here had to reform their pension systems to match the new context in which these operated. The experiences of 10 countries are reviewed – seven of which were once part of Yugoslavia. Read more

Article: Introduction – social protection in the Western Balkans: Social protection expenditure and redistribution in the Western Balkans

This paper analyses social protection expenditure, its financing and its correlation with redistribution effects in the European Union (EU) candidate and potential candidate countries from the Western Balkans.

by Mustafa et al.

This paper analyses social protection expenditure, its financing and its correlation with redistribution effects in the European Union (EU) candidate and potential candidate countries from the Western Balkans – Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia. Read more

 

Article: Introduction – social protection in the Western Balkans

This introductory essay situates the papers within the background of social policy development in the Western Balkans during the long period of transition following the break-up of former Yugoslavia.

by Bartlett et al.

This introductory essay situates the papers in this Thematic Section within the background of social policy development in the Western Balkans during the long period of transition following the break-up of former Yugoslavia. Read more 

Online article: Geopolitics of the European Rule of Law — Lessons from Ukraine and the Western Balkans

Online article: Geopolitics of the European Rule of Law — Lessons from Ukraine and the Western Balkans by Bernard et al.

Several opportunities arise for rule of law promoters: to reclaim the security discourse; to explain EU enlargement through the commitment to the rule of law; and consequently, to develop a strategy to influence opponents of enlargement. Read more

Online paper: Innovative financing of the sustainable development goals in the countries of the Western Balkans

Online paper: Innovative financing of the sustainable development goals in the countries of the Western Balkans by Lukšić et al.

This paper is related to the current stage of development in the Western Balkans. Despite becoming growing instruments to finance sustainable green development, debt swaps and social or sustainability bonds are relative novelties in this region. At the same time, the development needs are huge, especially in the light of the COVID-19 aftermath. Read more

Online article: Model for Assessing Development of E-Government in EaP Countries

Online article: Model for Assessing Development of E-Government in Eastern Partnership Countries by Tsebenko et al.

The article provides a comprehensive analysis of the e-government system in the countries of the Eastern Partnership. A thorough theoretical basis for approaches to understanding the concept of “e-government”, its features has been studied, as well as the methodological basis of comparative analysis, calculation of taxonomy coefficient, forecasting, which helped in further comprehensive study of the topic, has been analyzed. Read more

Online article: A Framework for Evaluation and Improvement of Open Government Data Quality

Online article: A Framework for Evaluation and Improvement of Open Government Data Quality: Application to the Western Balkans National Open Data Portals by Raca et al.

Open Government Data (OGD) has become a widely employed tool by governments around the world to promote transparent and accountable policy-making. Thus, through this research, we aim to address the level of data quality by introducing a new framework that constantly monitors and evaluates the OGD quality of Western Balkan (WB) National Open Data Portals. Read more

Online article: Basic relationships between human capital, migration and labour markets in the Western Balkans

Online article: Basic relationships between human capital, migration and labour markets in the Western Balkans: An econometric investigation by Mara et al.

The high outward mobility that characterises the countries in the Western Balkan region—already for three decades—is often seen as tightly linked to labour market imbalances and persistently low utilisation of human capital over time. To shed light on these issues we analysed the effects of labour market determinants and human capital endowment on migration and vice versa by estimating simultaneously a system of equations that accounted for such relationships in the context of WB countries. Read more