For more on everyday life during communism, see Adrian Neculau, Viaţa cotidiană în comunism (Iaşi: Editura Polirom, ). 6. Dennis Deletant, România sub. Adrian Neculau, Viaţa Cotidiană în Comunism (Iaşi, Romania: Polirom, ), The translation is my own. Cernat continues, “Families with many children. Dan Lungu, “Avatarurile cozii in socialismul de tip sovietic” in Viaţa Cotidiana in Comunism, ed. Adrian Neculau (Iasi: Polirom, ), Stela, interview.

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Please choose whether or not you want other users to be able to see on your profile that this library is a favorite of yours. Could one conclude that as long as people felt socially safe they put up with Communism, and when they lost their sense of social security they concluded with it? A Secondary Analysis], in: However, on 30 December King Michael was forced to abdicate. Although I advance the thesis that promising and providing social security for the Romanian population helped the Communist system survive longer in Romania, I do not argue that this is the only, or even the main explanation for this phenomenon.

In order to support my thesis, according to which the perception of social security is responsible to a great extent for the longevity of Communism in Romania, I will refer to a series of interviews I conducted in the summer of in Romania, and a number of public surveys conducted between and by different agencies.

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The stores were well supplied and we could buy everything we needed: Were the Communist social policies such a major achievement compared to the previous period that they prompted the Romanian people to put up with Communist injustice even in the field of human rights?


The E-mail Address es field is required. For a population that until then was predominantly rural and without high demands, the comunlsm of a house in a block of flats in the city and the supply cotidiaja the store on their way to work represented the ultimate leap regarding their standard of living. However, republication can only be granted with prior written consent of the above-named rights holders.

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Ambulances refused to take calls from the elderly. The difference between these two figures shows that people are less attached to Communism as a political ideology or a regime than was previously considered, and more to the welfare the Communist state provided.

The pension after a lifetime of working was not that big, but you could live decently. Moreover, workers and peasants also suffered from Communist oppression, for instance during the s or s.

Before the war one third of the population was illiterate and lived in the countryside. No food, no clothes, no shoes, huge queues in front of shops for virtually everything. In Romania the social policies are currently addressing the needs of the disadvantaged social groups: They started to use domestic appliances such as radios, gas stoves, refrigerators, washing machines, TVs, telephones and personal cars. People could now consume more goods.

Jones, New Perspectives fn. Although by the early s the basic entitlements were in place, this decade entailed a significant rise of wages, special attention to the provision of consumer goods, including durables, and a steady increase in real social spending. We even started to have problems with money. As a result of the economic and social policies, during the Communist era, the rural population began to decrease and fell from Today we are assisting in the degradation of what has been done before Although Romania introduced a draconian anti-abortion law ina variety of compensatory measures were also adopted: You may have already requested this item.


In hospitals you were respected and you did not have to pay. For permission to republish this work including translations please contact: Public transportation was also developed. And why was civil society so weak in Communist Romania?

Inonly villages from a total number of 15, were connected to the national grid. In the s we pretty much had everything we needed: They were not aware of the existence of an alternative. A Sense of Social Security?

Twelve of the interviewees agreed, while the rest disagreed to varying xdrian. Inpensions were at For example, Paul Goma a writer and famous Romanian dissident of the s accused Romanian society as a whole for not having supported the actions of the few who openly opposed the Communist regime in the s and s.

The Arian of the End of the System], in: The survey revealed that the poor and the low-educated continue to consider communism in positive terms. Among the good aspects of Communism they enumerated elements of the Communist social policies: That is, social security is not addressed from the universalistic post-war perspective, but from the limited, interwar perspective.