A group of the EUREQUAL project partners held a working meeting at the London office of Russian Research Ltd. from 20th - 21st March 2009 to make cross- country comparisons of the qualitative data. The following topics were the focus of the comparative analysis:
(1) Is social inequality a salient issue in the countries of the former Soviet Union (Russia, Ukraine and Belarus)?
(2) What are lay people’s conceptions of social inequality?
(3) What are the causes and manifestations of social inequality?
(4) What can be done about social inequality (i.e, what are the roles of institutions and people in tackling social inequality)?
One of the unexpected findings that emerged from the qualitative analysis is the relationships between ordinary people and people of political power/authority (national governments and parliaments, government officials and local authorities) and social inequality. It is perceived that the principle cause of social inequality in three former Soviet Republics is the decisions and actions of political bodies and institutions.
From the right to left: Evgenia Poretskina, Galina Eremicheva, Svetlana Ignatova, Stephen Whitefield, Yuri Saenko, Igor Galin, Darina Shchur, Olesya Trofymenko, Elena Avetova, and Jill Wittrock.