Life Standard In The Post-Soviet Context: The Case of The Republic of Adygeya, by Cemre Erciyes

A THESIS SUBMITTED TO THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES OF MIDDLE EAST TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY 
 
By Cemre Erciyes

IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR  THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF SCIENCE IN EURASIAN STUDIES  

September 2006

This study aimed to describe the life standard in the post-Soviet context taking the Republic  of  Adygeya,  one  of  the  poorest  districts  of  Post-Soviet  Russia,  as  an example. The applicability of  the European approach  to  the  life standard  (quality of  life) was  also  in  question. 

The  survey  in Adygeya  showed  that  life  standard research  is  applicable  in  the  post-Soviet  context.  However,  modifications  are necessary and not all concepts are comparable  to  the world outside  the ex-Soviet region. The descriptive chapters on the case of Adygeya include income, economic life, settlement, necessities and ownership,  the failure of the systems of education and heath, democracy and citizens as well as the general evaluation of the quality of life and satisfaction.

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