In early 2012, a team of policy experts from several Moscow think tanks issued a report on the economic and social challenges facing Russia, called ‘Strategy-2020’ (Strategiya-2020). The report called for a new model of economic growth and a fundamental reorientation of social policy. The report was produced by a team of some 1,500 experts convened by Vladimir Putin to advise the government on policies through 2020 and beyond. It concluded that the country’s current economic system was close to exhausting its potential for further growth and that a new model of growth was required based on entrepreneurship and competition; that inequality in incomes and access to benefits was excessive; that the shrinking of the workforce and aging of the population threatened the pension and health care systems; that high economic growth was needed to finance increased social spending and increase investment in human capital, but that such reforms could in turn fuel growth; and that, in order to alleviate redistributive tensions, the groups on whom the tax burden fell most heavily must have greater institutional opportunities for participation and representation in policy-making.
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- Inequality and Social Policy in Russia
Thomas F Remington
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