Social contract

Social contract

The 2008–2009 BISS research revealed the terms that guarantee acceptance of the current regime in the Belarusian society and make part of an implicit social contract between the government and citizens. Since then the society and the government have lived though a deep political and economic crisis, which among other things has had an impact on the unofficial social contract. In 2013 BISS is planning to proceed with this research, basing on opinion poll findings and focus group interviews, which will give an insight into the social contract trends over time.

  • Obligations of the State Before Social Groups and their Fulfillment: Officials


    In-depth interviews conducted with various representatives of the key institutions of the state government of Belarus have identified the following major deficiencies of the state service as mentioned by state employees themselves: material ones, expressed in officials’ dissatisfaction with their revenues (with the exception of top level officials and law enforcers); psychological, connected with constant stress, the inability to take the init ...
  • Obligations of the State Before Social Groups And Their Fulfillment: Entrepreneurs


    The social contract between government and business in Belarus is characterized by a strong degree of mutual distrust and indifference of counterparties to each other. The state has broad authority to influence business, and entrepreneurs do not perceive the state as an actor with whom they can negotiate a social contract. ...
  • Obligations of the State Before Social Groups and Their Fulfillment: Waged Workers


    Conditions for minimization of protest actions by workes have been established in Belarus by means of stick and carrots, the latter being the support of the public sector of the economy, relatively guaranteed employment, as well as by the provision of legal, mostly institutionalized, voice options (trust hotlines, registration of complaints, debureaucratization of local authorities work, etc.) In this situation, the push for reforms 'from belo ...
  • Obligations of the State Before Social Groups and their Fulfillment: Youth


    This policy-paper describes relations between the state and young people and unemployed. With the decrease of social transfers, as well as worsening of labor market conditions, young people face deterioration of their prospects. This group is more inclined towards individual adaptation ("exit", emigration), rather than to collective action. ...
  • Specification of the Notion ‘Social Contract’ As Applied to Belarus


    The work considers theoretical aspects of the study of social contracts, defines frames and formulates working hypotheses for the subsequent analysis that will be based on both qualititative (focus groups) and quantitative (nationwide poll, content analysis, statistical analyses) methods. ...
  • Models of Interaction between Authorities and Social Groups in Media Reports


    The content analysis of the Sovetskaya Belorussiya daily sought to establish models of interaction with different social groups offered and advocated by the authority as desirable and approved, or, alternatively, condemned and rejected. The acceptance of offered models (loyalty) is by default a condition of entering into the social contract with the state by a given group. ...