social policy

  • Social Policy in Fact of Contemporary Global Processes

    Author: Andrzej Chodubski
    Institution: University of Gdańsk (Poland)
    Year of publication: 2015
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    Pages: 140-153
    DOI Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.15804/ppsy2015011
    PDF: ppsy/44/ppsy2015011.pdf

    In reflection summary it can be stated that social policy is both a possibility and a barrier in the development of a new corporate culture–civilization, referred to as globalization. Main forces shaping the new global reality, and the face of social policy are: technical and scientific progress, international laws and education focused on raising awareness of global change. Quick pace of civilization reveals an inability to adapt to a wide range of society the realities of the world of IT and information, and consequently the phenomenon of exclusion and widening of social pathologies. The image shaping social policy sets out the special role of participatory unit. The implementation of the project of European integration reveals a large gap between the assumptions and practice of social life. Standards of social policy remain in the realm of vision, a declaration of hope, the boundaries between the real world and virtual information and disinformation and manipulation. An important role in this regard play the media, which in its action shall submit to the effectiveness of the delivering authentic information about contemporary social realities and social policy pursued in its various structural dimensions.

  • Tribalism vs Cosmopolitanism as a Political Conflict of Modernity

    Author: Jakub Potulski
    Year of publication: 2009
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    Pages: 130-138
    DOI Address: http://dx.doi.org/10.15804/ppsy2009011
    PDF: ppsy/38/ppsy2009011.pdf

    Current discussion on the consequences of modernity, and social effects of the ongoing globalization of the world, more and more frequently focus on the increasing number of signs of the world’s unification, and at the same time tendencies to divide it not necessarily according to the designated national borders, are becoming visible. Towards the end of the 20th century, factors conducive to integration of the world and communities that inhabit it, began to become more apparent. Integration complements, clubs and harmonizes particular spheres of human existence and activity. It is a process, during which the structure of integrating elements alters (they frequently undergo a forced change and adapt to each other) and the bond is subject to evolve. It is a dynamic process that creates new quality.

  • UNEMPLOYMENT AMONG THE YOUTH - THE MOST CRUCIAL CHALLENGE IN THE SOCIAL POLICY OF THE EUROPEAN UNION

    Author: Ryszard Tomczyk
    Institution: University of Szczecin
    Year of publication: 2013
    Source: Show
    Pages: 258-274
    DOI Address: -
    PDF: rop/2013/rop201316.pdf

    Now, unemployment among young generation of the Europeans is one of the most crucial problems in the policy of European Union and of the Member States. The economic crisis caused social exclusion of the significant part of the youth who after graduation augments number of the unemployed. Young generation shows less interest in running own business. Fear of bankruptcy forcibly decreases economic activity. European Union for few years has been undertaking measures aiming at coordination of the systems combating unemployment in the Member States. In the same time, it has been developing programs supporting actions undertaken in various states in the field of creating jobs, vocational trainings and probations addressed to the youth. Lowering unemployment rate among the youth is one of the priorities of the strategy Europe 2020. European politicians think that unemployment may be decreased based on the active “knowledge triangles” in which education of various levels, employers and business institutions participate and act together. Economic analysts however underline that unemployment among the youth may be decreased only when global economic growth occurs.

  • THE ESSENCE AND FUNCTION OF BENEFITS SATISFYING BASIC SOCIAL NEEDS OF CITIZENS - SELECTED ISSUES IN THE CONTEXT OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NATIONAL SOCIAL POLICY

    Author: Daniel Wacinkiewicz
    Institution: University of Szczecin
    Year of publication: 2013
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    Pages: 299-315
    DOI Address: -
    PDF: rop/2013/rop201318.pdf

    State social policy should take into account the subsidiary nature of assistance from public authorities in relation to the activity of the interested parties in their efforts to find and pursue work. Social assistance supports individuals and families in their efforts to meet the necessary needs and enables them to live in conditions which conform to human dignity. This aim is achieved by preventing insurmountable, difficult life situations when an individual in a crisis situation ceases to be self-sufficient. A classified form of this difficult situation is the case of individuals (families) who are on the verge of social exclusion. For it is the category of “social safety” that accommodates those allowances that are directed at individuals (families) being in a particularly difficult situation, and their function is to prevent the deprivation of needs. The group of social safety benefits singled out in this study constitutes a sub-category of social assistance benefits. Providing social safety is implemented with the use of a directory of services of different specifics, roles and functions.

  • Obecność problemu prekariatu i prekaryjnej pracy w polityce społecznej

    Author: Katarzyna Zamorska
    Institution: Uniwersytet Wrocławski
    Year of publication: 2019
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    Pages: 32-44
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/athena.2019.62.02
    PDF: apsp/62/apsp6202.pdf

    Jedną z konsekwencji odejścia od etatowej pracy jest obniżenie poczucia bezpieczeństwa socjalnego wśród pracowników, których określa się mianem prekariatu, a wykonywane przez nich prace jako niepewne (prekarne). W artykule, w nawiązaniu do dyskusji w środowisku naukowym, toczącym się co najmniej od lat 80. XX w., skupiam uwagę na dwóch aspektach zagadnienia: niepewności przypisywanej do obecnie wykonywanej pracy zawodowej oraz roli polityki społecznej i jej instytucji w kreowaniu prekarnych miejsc pracy. Wykorzystuję metodę porównawczą, sięgając do prac, których autorzy piszą o prekariacie w sposób bezpośredni lub gdzie stanowi on kontekst wypowiedzi o rzeczywistości społecznej. W ten sposób zamierzam pozyskać znaczenie i treść pojęcia prekariat.

  • Integracja jako cel inkluzji. Pedagogiczne korzenie i aspekty spójności społecznej

    Author: Marcin Wlazło
    E-mail: wlazlo@usz.edu.pl
    Institution: Uniwersytet Szczeciński
    Year of publication: 2019
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    Pages: 45-57
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/kie.2019.01.03
    PDF: kie/123/kie12303.pdf

    Inclusion is often understood as a deeper integration, what means that integration itself loses its basic sense of a voluntary and spontaneous interpersonal relationship based on the equality of rights and equalization of life (developmental) opportunities. Integration as a pedagogical concept originates from the idea of the universal education known since the times of Jan Amos Komensky, and nowadays it refers into the philosophical and social contexts of the idea of freedom and equality, constituting an important aspect of the social cohesion policy. Quite rarely, attention is paid to the fact that social (including educational) inclusion can – in defiance of noble assumptions and without conscious intention – aim at dominating the included minority group. The proposal to think about integration as the purpose of inclusion concerns both activities undertaken on educational grounds (especially for students with special educational needs) and more general social policy.

  • The Efficiency of Social Policy in Ukraine: Challenges and Prospects

    Author: Viktor Ventsel
    E-mail: ventsel@ukr.net
    Institution: National Academy of Public Administration under the President of Ukraine
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1902-6126
    Year of publication: 2020
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    Pages: 68-82
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/rop2020104
    PDF: rop/11/rop1104.pdf

    The article considers pertinent issues related to social policymaking and its implementation in Ukraine.
    Emphasis is placed on remuneration as the key element of ensuring citizens’ welfare and economic development of the state. Remuneration plays one of the most important roles in the economic system and ensuring a decent standard of living. The wage refl ects the employee’s welfare level and should be correlated with the qualification level and productivity in the production spheres or determined according to the set qualification criteria, quality assessment system and efficiency of employees in non-production spheres. Low remuneration standards and low correlation between wages and productivity affect the motivation of the workforce and reduce its economic and labour activity.
    The analysis of the minimum wage and subsistence level as the categories defining the status and directions of economic and social policy of the state has been performed. The minimum wage has a decisive infl uence on many social and economic processes. A significant issue in Ukraine is that establishing the minimum wage in the legislation is made without objective analysis and taking into account the financial and economic conditions that should be the basis for the state social policymaking. The minimum wage directly affects the volume and structure of the expenditure part of state and local budgets, as it is one of the basic elements for making the payroll of budgetary institutions and organizations. For business structures, the minimum wage is an indicator that refl ects the economic and social policy of the state, as well as a microeconomic category that affects their current business activities and the production and financial strategy making.
    Some aspects of the current social protection system in Ukraine have been described. One of the main issues in Ukraine is the excessive number of legislative acts regulating social protection matters. Another important issue is that a significant number of benefits and social transfers, which are stipulated in the legislation and guaranteed to the citizens, cannot be implemented due to lack of financial resources in the state budget. Today, one of the priority tasks of the state policy is to address issues of reforming the social protection system and the introduction of new efficient mechanisms for financing and managing the social services system.
    It has been noted about the need to develop and set in the legislation a system of social standards and norms, as well as the development of a standardised mechanism for determining the minimum wage and subsistence level based on and depending on the socio-economic development indicators.

  • Social Policy Programme “The Family 500+” – Assumptions, Results, and Costs of Functioning: Is It Worth?

    Published online: 27 May 2021
    Final submission: 5 May 2021
    Printed issue: December 2021
    Author: Anna Owczarczyk
    E-mail: anna.owczarczyk@uph.edu.pl
    Institution: Siedlce University of Natural Sciences and Humanities (Poland)
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1363-2296
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    Page no: 16
    Pages: 11-26
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/ppsy202102
    PDF: ppsy/50/ppsy202102.pdf

    The unfavorable demographic situation and the falling number of births resulted in an increased interest among Polish politicians in introducing tools to social policy that would reverse this negative trend. Implemented to social policy by Prawo i Sprawiedliwość Party in 2016, the “Family 500+” benefit has become such a tool. According to the government’s intention, this financial aid for families with children aims to reverse the decline in the number of births observed for many years and reduce the scale of poverty among families with the most complex financial situation. After several years of the “Family 500+” Program in force, it is difficult to clearly define whether the goals were achieved and whether the expenses for financing the program were adequate to the results. The aim of the article is an attempt at the assessment of the functioning of the Family 500+ Programme. Both the statutory assumptions of the programme, the costs of its functioning, and its results so far were analyzed. The central part of the analysis covered the period 2016–2019.

  • Social Cooperatives in Poland as an Instrument of Social Policy

    Author: Michał Kubiak
    Institution: Uniwersytet Gdański
    ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4231-8071
    Year of publication: 2020
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    Pages: 40-58
    DOI Address: https://doi.org/10.15804/cip202004
    PDF: cip/18/cip1804.pdf

    The aim of the article is to present the place of the social and solidarity economy in the state policy aimed at reducing social exclusion in Poland. The analysis focuses in particular on social cooperatives and the conditions for their functioning, which are one of the tools of active social policy. The activities of social cooperatives are aimed at supporting people at risk of social exclusion and at their social inclusion.

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