Social privileges in the Second Polish Republic

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Paweł Grata

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The Second Polish Republic developed an advanced and, in many ways, modern system of social care; however, the services which the citizens were entitled to seemed to be privileges available only to a small part of the population. The origins of this situation are to be found in the specific social and occupational structure of the population, low industrialization rate and the modest financial capabilities of the state and local governments. These resulted in a limited number of people with access to social insurances, a limited scope of public health care, a selective nature of access to unemployment insurance or radical differences in access to social care. And it is this unavailability of the social offer which determines the consideration of those benefits in Poland as privileges rather than commonly available rights of the Polish citizens.

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Grata, P. (2016). Social privileges in the Second Polish Republic. Studia Historiae Oeconomicae, 33, 19-36. https://doi.org/10.2478/sho-2015-0002
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Paweł Grata, University of Rzeszów, Rzeszów

Paweł Grata – Phd, Professor of university of rzeszow. Head of the Section of International Political and Economic relations in the Institute of Political Science. Scientific interests: social and economic history, social policy, economic policy. Selected books include Przemysł gorzelniczy w II Rzeczypospolitej, 2002; Monopole skarbowe w polityce podatkowej Drugiej Rzeczypospolitej, 2009; Polityka społeczna Drugiej Rzeczypospolitej. Uwarunkowania – instytucje – działania, 2013.