The  process  of  economic transformation  in  Poland  was  accompanied  by  a  debate  on  the  state’s  role  in the  economy. In  simple  terms,  this  choice  boils  down  to  two  options:  adopting the (neo)liberal  model,  in  which the  state’s  responsibility for  satisfying  social  needs is limited,  or the welfare  model,  in  which  the  state redistributes  income  and  actively  cares  about  the  social  security  of  its citizens. This  article  attempts to  answer  the question whether the term ‘welfare state’ could be applied to Poland (see below).

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keywords: welfare state, public expenditure, social expenditure

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publication year: 2017

language : Polish, English

thematic categories : ,

publishing series : IBS Policy Paper

publication number : 02/2017

ISSN : 2451-4365

additional information: I would like to thank Jan Rutkowski for his helpful comments and remarks. The content of this publication reflects the opinions of the author, which may diverge from the position of the Institute for Structural Research. The usual disclaimers apply. Independent study based on Eurostat data. Eurostat is not liable for the presented results and conclusions.

Jakub Sawulski

Institute for Structural Research (IBS)

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