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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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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Gavin, Rae, 1970-   Privatising capital : the commodification of Poland's welfare state / Rae Gavin.    pages cm. — (Studies in social sciences, philosophy and history of ideas, ISSN 2196-0151 ; volume 11)   ISBN 978-3-631-65732-4   1. Privatization—Poland. 2. Capital—Poland. 3. Welfare state—Poland. 4. Public welfare—Poland. 5. Post-communism—Poland. I. Title.   HD4215.7.P735 2015   338.9438’05--dc23


This publication was financially supported by the Kozminski University in Warsaw.

ISSN 2196-0151 ISBN 978-3-631-65732-4 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-05130-8 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-05130-8

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