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Privatising Capital

The Commodification of Poland’s Welfare State


Gavin Rae

Privatising Capital examines the historical development of Poland’s public sector and its welfare state. Their infrastructure, services and employees add up to a form of public capital, upon which the vast majority of society is dependent. The book describes the ongoing attempts to financialise and commodify this public capital and examines how this occurs in the areas of health, education and pensions. It also analyses the impact of public capital on the ideas and opinions of the population and how it affects contemporary ideologies and politics in Poland.
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I would like to thank Kozminski University for their support in the publication of this book. In particular I am grateful to Professor Witold Morawski for the time he spent reading and commenting on the manuscript. The opinion poll data used in the book is from a research project carried out by a team at Kozminski University into economic attitudes in Poland after the economic crisis. I would like to particularly thank Professor Krzysztof Zagórski for coordinating this project and Katarzyna Piotrowska for assisting in the statistical analysis of the data. I am also indebted to my friend Kevin Hadley who meticulously checked a draft of the book, giving a number of useful comments and suggestions. Finally I would like to give a special mention to my greatest inspiration, my daughter Amelia.

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